Heart versus Head

Heart versus Head

Challenging traditional accounts of the development of American private law, Peter Karsten offers an important new perspective on the making of the rules of common law and equity in nineteenth-century courts. The central story of that era, he finds, was a struggle between a jurisprudence of the head, which adhered strongly to English precedent, and a jurisprudence of the heart, a humane concern for the rights of parties rendered weak by inequitable rules and a willingness… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Collection: Studies in Legal History

Page count: 512 pages

Language: English


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