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The Intellectual Background, 1870–1970–1

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/9780198255277.003.0018
The Intellectual Background, 1870–1970–1

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This chapter examines changes in the intellectual conditions in England during the period from 1870 to 1970 and the implications of these changes for freedom of contract. It focuses on key advances in theory which may have been influential on the general intellectual climate of the times. It suggests that one of the most marked changes was the process by which economics extricated itself from its association with ethics and politics, and in particular, from its relationship with utilitarianism.

Keywords: freedom of contract; England; intellectual condition; economics; ethics; utilitarianism

Chapter.  12254 words. 

Subjects: Civil Law

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