‘Legal Theory Lexicon: The Reasonable Person’

“The notion of a ‘reasonable person’ usually makes its first appearance in the Torts course. The context, of course, is the tort of negligence, where the ‘reasonable person’ is used to define the standard of care that triggers liability for unintentional harms. But what makes a ‘reasonable person’ reasonable? The concept of the reasonable person is not limited to torts, however. The reasonable person makes appearances in criminal law, contract law, and elsewhere. As usual, the legal theory lexicon introduces the ‘reasonable person’ for the law student with an interest in legal theory …” (more)

[Lawrence Solum, Legal Theory Blog, 21 April]

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