Tort Law in America: An Intellectual History / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 37%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $2.38
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 93%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (21) from $2.38   
  • New (6) from $13.72   
  • Used (15) from $2.38   


Widely regarded as a standard in the field, G. Edward White's Tort Law in America is a concise and accessible history of the way legal scholars and judges have conceptualized the subject of torts, the reasons that changes in certain rules and doctrines have occurred, and the people who brought about these changes.

Now in an expanded edition, Tort Law in America features a new preface that places the book within the current scholarship and two new chapters covering developments in American tort law over the past fifteen years. White approaches his subject from four perspectives: intellectual history, the sociology of knowledge, the phenomenon of professionalization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in America, and the recurrent concerns of tort law since its emergence as a discrete field. He puts the intellectual history of this unique branch of law into the general picture of philosophy, sociology, and literature in what is not only a major work of legal scholarship but also a tour de force for anyone interested in American intellectual history.

This history of tort law in America looks at how the subject has been conceptualized, pointing out why changes in rules occurred.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"White has confirmed his reputation as one of the foremost figures in the field of American legal history."--Harvard Law Review

"[White] makes convincing sequence out of the muddy history of American tort law, tracing it from Victorian concepts of punishable wrongdoing through the dark thickets of negligence, contributory negligence and last clear chance, to the myriad modern conceptions of how the cost of accidents should be apportioned among the public....It is a brilliant and imaginative essay."--Louis Auchincloss

"An exciting chronicle of the development of an intriguing and currently important area of the law."--Marc A. Franklin, Stanford Law School

"White broadens our understanding of why we think of the law as we do and deepens our insight into its historical foundations."--Edward Purcell, author of The Crisis of Democratic Theory

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195139655
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/27/2003
  • Edition description: ENL
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

G. Edward White is Professor of Law at the University of Virginia Law School and author of The American Judicial Tradition.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1. The Intellectual Origins of Torts in America
2. The Impact of Legal Science on Tort Law, 1880-1910
3. The Impact of Realism on Tort Law, 1910-1945
4. The Twentieth-Century Judge as Torts Theorist: Cardozo
5. William Prosser, Consensus Thought, and the Nature of Tort Law, 1945-1970
6. The Twentieth-Century Judge as Torts Theorist: Traynor
7. The 1970s: Neoconceptualism and the Future of Tort Law
8. The Unexpected Persistence of Negligence, 1980-2000
9. Entering the Twenty-First Century

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)