Is tort law a practice of corrective justice?

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In this paper, I will explore whether the view by Jules Coleman that tort law is a practice of corrective justice can be considered an appropriate explanation of the nature of tort law. I will argue that this may be possible, if some modifications are made to Coleman’s account. This article will proceed in three parts. In part one, I will briefly introduce Coleman’s view. I will also show that the corrective justice thesis is ambiguous, and I will suggest a disambiguation of it into three different claims: the parochial, conceptual and normative. Finally, I will explain how the conceptual claim can be understood as a basis for a general theory of the nature of torts. In part two, I will suggest several modifications to Coleman’s account of the normative structure of tort law and the appropriate methodology to account for it. Finally, in part three, I will propose an account of the foundational justification for tort law.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalDiritto e Questione Pubbliche
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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