Shakespeare and the Predicament of Contract Theory
In A Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare offers a theory of contract centered on the requirements of a commercial society. Slade's Case, which was decided as the play debuted, marks the beginning of the common law of contracts and shows a similar connection between markets and contract law. In modern contract law theory, however, markets play at best a peripheral role. Contracts are justified on grounds of personal autonomy or social welfare, but the appreciation for the moral complexities of the market seen in A Merchant of Venice are absent. This book seeks to once again place the moral status of the market at the center of contract law theory.
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