Oregon Law Review : Vol. 88 No. 3, p.703-744 :Virtue and Contract Law
Cimino, Chapin F.
This Article argues that legal scholars, and especially private law scholars, should be paying more attention to virtue theory. Unlike the two dominant normative theories, the analytical approach of virtue theory requires a symbiotic focus on both the means and ends of law. As will be explained below, neither of the two dominant theories account fully for both means and ends; instead, each privileges one over the other. By contrast, because of an inherent interrelationship between means and ends in virtue theory, this theory may offer a much more complete understanding of law, including private law, than the theories of either law and economics or individual rights.