November 30, 2004
New and very expensive books from Ashgate
A new catalogue from British publisher Ashgate is printed in type far too small for a fat, middle-aged bespectacled law professor to read—we suspect their graphics designer moonlights doing boilerplate contract clauses for Gateway. The web site is a little easier to read.
In a forthcoming volume, Hobbes on Law (edited by Claire Finkelstein)—due out next March—there are three essays on Hobbes’s theory of contracts, by Grover Robinson, M.T. Dalgarno, and Larry May. At 560 pages and $137.95, Hobbes (left) is a bargain compared to its companion Kant on Law (edited by Sharon Byrd and Joachim Hruschka), which contains Byrd’s essay on Kant’s theory of contracts. The Kant work weighs in at 500 pages but a hefty $245.
Philosophy can’t hold a candle to the Internet, though—Brian Fitzgerald’s two-volume Cyberlaw is marked at a healthy $450, although it, too, only runs around 500 pages.
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