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From Promise to Contract


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Dori Kimel is a Fellow of New College Oxford.


...can one plausibly accept the voluntary view of contracts while rejecting their distinct promissory nature? This is precisely the position that Dori Kimel advocates in his recent, highly original and insightful book. Hanoch Sheinman Oxford Journal of Legal Studies Sept 04 Kimel's excellent book tells us much about the value of our practice of contracting, and how the benefits we receive from such a practice are not always identical to the benefits we receive from our practice of promising. He also helps us to understand how those values square with the values typically associated with perfectionist liberalism, and to that extent he makes great strides towards a liberal theory of contract. Curtis Bridgeman Modern Law Review July 2004 ... the book gives us a richer sense of what Razs tersely stated views on contract might or might not amount to. In sympathetically examining those views, and in opening up a dialogue around and about them, the author makes a useful contribution. N. E. Simmonds Cambridge Law Journal August 2004

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