THE THEORY OF TORT DOCTRINE AND
THE RESTATMENT OF TORTS


Keith N. Hylton

Boston University School of Law Working Paper 00-07

Abstract

The lack of detailed implications and general failure to come to grips with important features of tort doctrine have been substantial shortcomings in the dominant positive theory framework of Holmes and Posner. I extend the dominant framework below to enable it to justify various intentional tort doctrines, and the specific form and allocation of strict liability rules within tort law. After developing the positive framework, I apply it to the Restatement (Third) of Tort Law. The theory explains many of the detailed provisions and commentary of the Restatement, and identifies one area in which the Restatement (Third) seems inconsistent with tort doctrine. I also discuss the value of positive theory as a part of the Restatement project.

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Keith N. Hylton Contact Information

knhylton@bu.edu
Boston University School of Law
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Presentation and Publication Information:

Professor Hylton presented this paper at the Conference on the Third Restatement of Torts, Vanderbilt University Law School, September 15-16, 2000.

This paper will appear in article format in Vanderbilt Law Review, volume 54, April 2001.


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