By Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
In The universal Law, derived from a sequence of lectures added on the Lowell Institute in Boston, Holmes systematized his early criminal doctrines. the outcome used to be a permanent vintage of felony philosophy that remains learn and consulted over a century later. starting with historic kinds of legal responsibility (thought to have originated within the wish for vengeance in historic Roman and Germanic blood feuds), the e-book is going directly to speak about legal legislations, torts, bails, ownership and possession, contracts, successions, and plenty of different features of civil and felony law.
Encompassing Holmes's profound, wide-ranging wisdom of the legislation in its historic points, but written in a way simply available to the layman, The universal Law provoked this remark from one other famed jurist; "The booklet is a vintage within the experience that its inventory of principles has been absorbed and develop into a part of universal juristic concept … they positioned legislation in a point of view which felony scholarship ever due to the fact that has only confirmed." — Felix Frankfurter, Of legislation and Men.
Now the influential rules and judicial concept of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. may be studied and preferred during this extraordinary variation — the single one in print — of his magnum opus. This version additionally contains a new creation via Professor Sheldon M. Novick, writer of Honorable Justice: The lifetime of Oliver Wendell Holmes. First released in 1881, this booklet remains to be crucial studying for legal professionals, political scientists, historians, basic readers — someone attracted to the origins, improvement, and carrying on with evolution of the legislation that govern human society.
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Inst. 4. 8, § 7. 19. D. 39. 2. 7, §§ 1, 2; Gaii Inst. IV. § 75. 23 All this shows very clearly that the liability of the owner was merely a way of getting at the slave or animal which was the immediate cause of offence. In other words, vengeance on the immediate offender was the object of the Greek and early Roman proÂ�cess, not indemnity from the master or owner. The liability of the owner was simply a liability of the offending thing. In the primitive customs of Greece it was enforced by a judicial proÂ�cess expressly directed against the object, animate or inanimate.
In the course of centuries the custom, belief, or necessity disappears, but the rule remains. The reason which gave rise to the rule has been forgotten, and ingenious minds set themselves to inquire how it is to be accounted for. Some ground of policy is thought of, which seems to explain it and to reconcile it with the present state of things; and then the rule adapts itself to the new reasons which have been found for it, and enters on a new career. The old form receives a new content, and in time even the form modifies itself to fit the meaning which it has received.
14. Katª Kthsif. 244, 245. 15. 1. 28 (11). 16. Solon. 10 THE COMMON LAW gradually leading to further results. The Twelve Tables (451 b. 17 We learn from Gaius that the same rule was applied to the torts of children or slaves,18 and there is some trace of it with regard to inanimate things. The Roman lawyers, not looking beyond their own system or their own time, drew on their wits for an explanation which would show that the law as they found it was reasonable. 19 This way of approaching the question seems to deal with the right of surrender as if it were a limitation of a liability incurred by a parent or owner, which would naturally and in the first instance be unlimited.