Promising and Natural Law

P. S. Atiyah

in Promises, Morals, and Law

Published in print January 1983 | ISBN: 9780198254799
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681530 | DOI:
Promising and Natural Law

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The chapter discusses the profound difference between the views of the Natural Lawyers and modern English lawyer concerning issues of promise. The fact that a promise was ‘naturally’ binding was a matter of fundamental principle to the Natural Lawyer. His whole approach led him to see things in black-and-white terms, and to attempt to draw clear lines between closely related phenomena. The modern common lawyer is a pragmatist who cares little for rigid principles: all principles are subject to exceptions, and whether a case falls within a principle or an exception is often conceded to be a matter of degree and judgment.

Keywords: Natural Lawyers; modern lawyers; pragmatism; principles; exceptions

Chapter.  8538 words. 

Subjects: Civil Law

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