Law without Values: The Life, Work, and Legacy of Justice Holmes / Edition 1

Law without Values: The Life, Work, and Legacy of Justice Holmes / Edition 1

by Albert W. Alschuler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226015203

ISBN-13: 9780226015200

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In recent decades, Oliver Wendell Holmes has been praised as "the only great American legal thinker" and "the most illustrious figure in the history of American law." But in Albert Alschuler's critique of both Justice Holmes and contemporary legal scholarship, a darker portrait is painted—that of a man who, among other things, espoused Social Darwinism,

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Overview

In recent decades, Oliver Wendell Holmes has been praised as "the only great American legal thinker" and "the most illustrious figure in the history of American law." But in Albert Alschuler's critique of both Justice Holmes and contemporary legal scholarship, a darker portrait is painted—that of a man who, among other things, espoused Social Darwinism, favored eugenics, and, as he himself acknowledged, came "devilish near to believing that might makes right."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226015200
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Moral Skepticism in Twentieth-Century American Law
2. A Power-Focused Philosophy
3. Would You Have Wanted Justice Holmes as a Friend?
4. The Battlefield Conversion of Oliver Wendell Holmes
5. Holmes's Opinions
6. Judging the Common Law
7. The Descending Trail: Holmes's Path of the Law
8. The Beatification of Oliver Wendell Holmes
9. Ending the Slide from Socrates and Climbing Back
Notes
Index

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