Unawareness is a form of bounded rationality where a person fails to conceive all feasible acts or consequences or to perceive as feasible all conceivable act-consequence links. We study the implications of unawareness for tort law, where relevant examples include the discovery of a new product or technology (new act), of a new disease or injury (new consequence), or that a product can cause an injury (new link). We argue that negligence has an important advantage over strict liability in a world with unawareness—negligence, through the stipulation of due care standards, spreads awareness about the updated probability of harm.
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Chakravarty, Surajeet; Kelsey, David; and Teitelbaum, Joshua C., "Tort Liability and Unawareness" (2019). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2067.