This article examines the intellectual origins of strict products liability inAmerica. The author traces the intellectual roots of strict products liability to the constellation of ideas referred to in the article as “pragmatic instrumentalism” (pragmatism, institutional economics, and legal realism). Pragmatic instrumentalism played a significant role in changing the way tort law is viewed inAmerica—transforming it from an individualist focus to being concerned with broader policy implications. This new intellectual perspective, combined with Progressive Era politics, led to the shift away from negligence to strict liability in products liability.
Law | Legal History, Theory and Process
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
Copyright 1995 James R. Hackney, Jr.
James R. Hackney, Jr.
Hackney Jr., James R., "The intellectual origins of American strict products liability: a case study in American pragmatic instrumentalism" (1995). School of Law Faculty Publications. Paper 138. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20002490
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