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The hidden Holmes : his theory of torts in history

Author: David Rosenberg, (Professor of law)
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995.
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This book challenges a contemporary consensus on the titanic figure of Oliver Wendell Holmes. Holmes is one of the founders of twentieth-century tort law, but David Rosenberg takes sharp issue with the current portrayal of Holmes as a legal formalist who opposed the notion of strict liability and dogmatically advocated a universal rule of negligence in order to favor industrial development. Marshaling the evidence  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rosenberg, David, professor of law.
Hidden Holmes.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)605303368
Online version:
Rosenberg, David, professor of law.
Hidden Holmes.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)607888998
Named Person: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; Oliver Wendell Holmes; Oliver Wendell (Jurist) Holmes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Rosenberg, (Professor of law)
ISBN: 0674390024 9780674390027
OCLC Number: 32703724
Description: xii, 280 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Torts and the New Jurisprudence. Torts and Strict Liability. Holmes Revised --
1. Formalist Legal Science. The Genesis of Holmes's Antiformalism. Analytic Legal Science. Historical Legal Science. The Powers of Darkness --
2. The New Jurisprudence. Experience and Legal Evolution. A Unifying Theory of Tort Liability. Purposes of a General Theory of Law --
3. The Common Ground Liability. Absolute Responsibility in Trespass. Absolute Responsibility as Morally Dry Precedent --
4. General Theory of Torts --
Part One. The Bifurcated Theory. The Foresight Theory of Responsibility. The Foresight Arrangement. Foresight-Based Strict Liability --
5. General Theory of Torts --
Part Two. The Negligence Rule. Strict Liability. Policy Limits to Strict Liability --
6. Holmes in History. The Contemporary Consensus. Sources of the Current Misunderstanding. Rise of the Negligence-Dogma Thesis. "To Burst Inflated Explanations"
Responsibility: David Rosenberg.

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This book challenges a contemporary consensus on the titanic figure of Oliver Wendell Holmes. Holmes is one of the founders of twentieth-century tort law, but David Rosenberg takes sharp issue with the current portrayal of Holmes as a legal formalist who opposed the notion of strict liability and dogmatically advocated a universal rule of negligence in order to favor industrial development. Marshaling the evidence found in Holmes's classic The Common Law and other writings, Rosenberg reveals that the opposite was the case, and, in the process, raises troubling questions about the current state of legal scholarship.

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