The Fictional Protagonist of Modern Liability Law: A History of the Origins of the Reasonable Man
AbstractThis thesis explores the origins of the reasonable man, an important concept in Anglo-saxon liability law, by zooming in on its conception in the mid-19th century and its preconceptions in antiquity. As this has not been done before, the goal of this thesis is to explain and analyze these origins in order to enlarge our understanding of this important development, and hitherto terra incognita, in modern legal history. Within this study, the term ‘reasonable man’ is traced back in time through a study of both primary and secondary sources, including case-law, works of (legal) philosophy and correspondences.
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