The Law of Tort: Causing Harm

H. L. A. Hart

in Causation in the Law

Second edition

Published in print May 1985 | ISBN: 9780198254744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681523 | DOI:
The Law of Tort: Causing Harm

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This chapter inquires how far in the law of tort are the decisions of the courts have been controlled by the principle that this connection is negatived if the factors required when causal connection between a wrongful act and harm is a responsible element, in addition to the wrongful act, for the production of the harm include a voluntary human action or an abnormal occurrence. It concludes that this principle has been applied over a very wide area of the law of tort, sufficient perhaps to enable one to speak of a traditional doctrine.

Keywords: tort law; causal connection; harm; voluntary human action; wrongful act

Chapter.  27812 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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