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Forgotten Justice and Private Law Theory

Matthew Harding

Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy | Australian Society of Legal Philosophy | Published : 2015


There are many ways to think about a wide-ranging and provocative book like Allan Beever's Forgotten Justice. The book may be read as a study in the history of ideas; or as a contribution to political philosophy; or as a jurisprudential text examining the nature of law. My co-commentators will pick up on these themes in their remarks. I want to reflect on Forgotten Justice from another angle again. I want to consider the extent to which this book might inform a theory of private law. At the outset, I should acknowledge that Beever never claims that the ideas in his book constitute or represent a theory of private law: the main aim of the book is not to theorise about private law; it is, rath..

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