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Hardback 368 pp.
156 mm x 234 mm



Publication date:
October 2012

Imprint: OUP UK

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Corrective Justice

Ernest J. Weinrib

Series : Oxford Legal Philosophy

Private law governs our most pervasive relationships with other people: the wrongs we do to one another, the property we own and exclude from others' use, the contracts we make and break, and the benefits realized at another's expense that we cannot justly retain. The major rules of private law are well known, but how they are organized, explained, and justified is a matter of fierce debate by lawyers, economists, and philosophers.

Ernest Weinrib made a seminal contribution to the understanding of private law with his first book, The Idea of Private Law. In it, he argued that there is a special morality intrinsic to private law: the morality of corrective justice. By understanding the nature of corrective justice we understand the purpose of private law - which is simply to be private law.

In this new book Weinrib takes up and develops his account of corrective justice, its nature, and its role in understanding the law. He begins by setting out the conceptual components of corrective justice, drawing a model of a moral relationship between two equals and the rights and duties that exist between them. He then explains the significance of corrective justice for various legal contexts: for the grounds of liability in negligence, contract, and unjust enrichment; for the relationship between right and remedy; for legal education; for the comparative understanding of private law; and for the compatibility of corrective justice with state support for the poor.

Combining legal and philosophical analysis, Corrective Justice integrates a concrete and wide-ranging treatment of legal doctrine with a unitary and comprehensive set of theoretical ideas. Alongside the revised edition of The Idea of Private Law, it will be essential reading for all academics, lawyers, and students engaged in understanding the foundations of private law.

Readership : Suitable for academics and students in the fields of philosophy of law, moral philosophy, and political philosophy. Legal scholars and students working in private law.

1. Correlativity and Personality
2. The Disintegration of Duty
3. Remedies
4. Gain-based Damages
5. Punishment and Disgorgement as Contract Remedies
6. Unjust Enrichment
7. Incontrovertible Benefit in Jewish Law
8. Poverty and Property in Kant's System of Rights
9. Can Law Survive Legal Education?

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A native of Toronto, Ernest Weinrib has a PhD from Harvard (1968) and a BA (1965) and a JD (1972) from the University of Toronto. He has been teaching law at the University of Toronto since 1972, and has been a visiting professor at the Yale Law School and at Tel Aviv University. He holds the rank of University Professor (the University of Toronto's highest honour) and is the Cecil A. Wright Professor of Law.

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Special Features

  • A long-awaited work from one of the world's pre-eminent legal philosophers, presenting a major development of his central ideas.
  • Develops a unifying account of the foundations of private law grounded in the major doctrines of tort, contract, property, unjust enrichment, and remedies - deepening the understanding of the law.
  • Weinrib's clear, elegant writing style puts forward an argument that is both powerful and eloquent.