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The Intellectual Background in 1770–11

P. S. Atiyah

in The Rise and Fall of Freedom of Contract

Published in print November 1985 | ISBN: 9780198255277
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681578 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198255277.003.0004
The Intellectual Background in 1770–11

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This chapter provides additional intellectual background related to the freedom of contract in England in 1770. It examines the influence of medieval thoughts on the economic ideas of the time and the intellectual conditions in the country. These include the customary nature of relationships, close relations between economic and ethical ideas, and the exercises of freedom in a way which was consonant with a man's duty to his fellows and to God. It suggests that these traditions contributed to the emergence of firmly held convictions about contractual relationships.

Keywords: freedom of contract; intellectual condition; England; medieval traditions; freedom; economic ideas; ethical ideas

Chapter.  15016 words. 

Subjects: Civil Law

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