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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Rowley on Farnsworth on Mistake

The late Allan Farnsworth was one of the titans of 20th century contract law.  His last major work was Alleviating Mistakes: Reversal and Forgiveness for Flawed Perceptions.  Now out from the Michigan Law Review is a review of that work by Keith A. Rowley (UNLV), called To Err is Human.  Rowley notes that Alleviating Mistakes is a work that "delves into how contract, criminal, and tort law, and equity deal with factual and legal mistakes and the rationale for each substantive body of law’s similar or dissimilar treatment of various types of mistakes."

Plus, if you've never quite got the distinction between being ignorant of a fact and being mistaken about it, it's a good primer.

[Frank Snyder]

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