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Frontiers of Legal Theory
Richard A. Posner
0674013603
January 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Posner, a federal appellate judge (he was chosen to mediate the recent Microsoft antitrust case) and legal scholar (at the University of Chicago), examines the points of connection between law and a series of related fields, including economics, psychology, history and statistics. The purpose of the study is to determine whether these other disciplines can inform and improve the American legal system. Posner's central interest remains the intersection of law and economics, an approach featuring cost-benefit analysis as a tool for making policy choices and for steering judges toward efficient decisions. Some of the discussion is technical (e.g., regression analysis) and will be accessible only to specialists. Other chapters contain Posner's responses to recent articles by other leading adherents of the law and...


Catastrophe: Risk and Response
Richard A. Posner
0195306473
November 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
During his career as a federal appeals court judge, Posner has become a prominently outspoken commentator on a variety of legal and cultural issues. Reading Margaret Atwood's Oryx & Crake, for example, was the springboard for this reflection on the current lack of plans for dealing with large-scale disasters, like environmental upheavals, after which law and public policy would be open to blame for failing to keep pace with rapid scientific advancement. Those familiar with Posner's extensive writings will not be surprised when he advocates applying cost-benefit analysis to determine which catastrophic threats are worth tackling first, though other suggestions will likely spark controversy. Criticizing the "blinkered perspective" of civil libertarians hung up on constitutional law, he finds certain...


Law and Legal Theory in the UK and USA (CLL)
Richard A. Posner
0198264712
Jan 1997
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Book Description
Richard Posner is famous throughout the legal world for his pioneering and controversial espousal of the belief that the study of law cannot be divorced from the study of economics. Here, in this volume of essays based upon his Clarendon Lectures, he explores the relationship between the legal
systems of the UK and USA. The essays range widely over themes which will be familiar to many students and teachers of law: in the first essay he compares the work of the two most prominent writers on jurisprudence in the second half of this century, one English (HLA Hart) and one American (Ronald
Dworkin). His controversial conclusion that trying to define "law" is futile, distracting and illustrative of the impoverishment of traditional legal theory will fascinate students of legal theory. In the second essay he examines...


Uncertain Shield: The U. S. Intelligence System in the Throes of Reform
Richard A. Posner
074255127X
March 2006
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Book Description
Ever since the publication in 2004 of the 9/11 Commission Report, the U.S. intelligence community has been in the throes of a convulsive movement for reform. In Uncertain Shield, Richard A. Posner continues the story of the reform movement begun in his earlier book, Preventing Surprise Attacks. Analyzing the latest decisions made by the Director of National Intelligence and examining in detail issues from Hurricane Katrina to the national security computer networks, he demonstrates the dangers of an overly centralized intelligence system and offers clear ideas for reform that go beyond risky organizational changes.


Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy
Richard A. Posner
0674018494
October 2005
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A liberal state is a representative democracy constrained by the rule of law. Richard Posner argues for a conception of the liberal state based on pragmatic theories of government. He views the actions of elected officials as guided by interests rather than by reason and the decisions of judges by discretion rather than by rules. He emphasizes the institutional and material, rather than moral and deliberative, factors in democratic decision making.

Posner argues that democracy is best viewed as a competition for power by means of regular elections. Citizens should not be expected to play a significant role in making complex public policy regarding, say, taxes or missile defense. The great advantage of democracy is not that it is the rule of the wise or the good but that it enables stability and orderly...



Cardozo
Richard A. Posner
0226675564
Aug 1993
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From Library Journal
In this revised and expanded version of his University of Michigan Cooley Lectures, Posner, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge, offers a full-length critical judicial study of Benjamin Cardozo (1870-1938), appointed to the Supreme Court by Herbert Hoover. Posner compares and contrasts Cardozo with leading U.S. Supreme Court Justices and other 20th-century American judges. He shows that Cardozo's concern for common law adjudication was the base of the Justice's philosophy, and he carefully examines Cardozo's judicial analysis and Court opinions. A thoughtful addition to judicial biography collections.- Steven Puro, St. Louis Univ.Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity
Lawrence Lessig
0143034650
March 2005
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The New York Times Book Review
A powerfully argued and important analysis... surprisingly entertaining.

Book Description
Lawrence Lessig, "the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era" (The New Yorker), masterfully argues that never before in human history has the power to control creative progress been so concentrated in the hands of the powerful few, the so-called Big Media. Never before have the cultural powers- that-be been able to exert such control over what we can and can’t do with the culture around us. Our society defends free markets and free speech; why then does it permit such top-down control? To lose our long tradition of free culture, Lawrence Lessig shows us, is to lose our freedom to create, our freedom to build, and, ultimately, our ...


Preventing Surprise Attacks: Intelligence Reform in the Wake of 9/11
Richard A. Posner
074254947X
May 2005
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Book Description
Posner discusses the uttter futilty of this reform act in a searing critique of the 9/11 Commission, its recommendations, Congress's role in making law, and the law's inabililty to do what it is intended to do.

About the Author
Richard A. Posner is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He is the author of hundreds of articles and nearly four dozen books, including An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton (1999); Breaking the Deadlock: The 2000 Election, The Constitution, and the Courts (2001); Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline (2002); and Catastrophe: Risk and Response (2004).


A Guide to America's Sex Laws
Richard A. Posner
0226675645
Oct 1996
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From Library Journal
Federal judge Posner (Overcoming Law, Harvard Univ., 1995) and Silbaugh (law, Boston Univ.) present a state-by-state comparison of laws related to sexual conduct and activity. Applicable sections of state statutes are delineated across a range of relevant topics such as adultery, prostitution, rape, sodomy, consent, bigamy, and incest. Each section is accompanied by a discussion of the way most states tend to treat the topic as well as summary treatment of how other states may deviate in their treatment or in some cases ignore the topic completely. Especially noteworthy is how laws governing various sexual activities vary from state to state. New York, for example, permits public nudity by professional entertainers or performers, while other states are vague in this respect or prohibitive altogether. The book is...


Economic Analysis of Law
Richard A. Posner
0735534748
December 2002
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A Guide to America's Sex Laws
Richard A. Posner
0226675653
Aug 1998
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From Library Journal
Federal judge Posner (Overcoming Law, Harvard Univ., 1995) and Silbaugh (law, Boston Univ.) present a state-by-state comparison of laws related to sexual conduct and activity. Applicable sections of state statutes are delineated across a range of relevant topics such as adultery, prostitution, rape, sodomy, consent, bigamy, and incest. Each section is accompanied by a discussion of the way most states tend to treat the topic as well as summary treatment of how other states may deviate in their treatment or in some cases ignore the topic completely. Especially noteworthy is how laws governing various sexual activities vary from state to state. New York, for example, permits public nudity by professional entertainers or performers, while other states are vague in this respect or prohibitive altogether. The book is...


Antitrust Law
Richard A. Posner
0226675769
October 2001
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Description
When it was first published a quarter of a century ago, Richard Posner's exposition and defense of an economic approach to antitrust law was a jeremiad against the intellectual disarray that then characterized the field. As other perspectives on antitrust law have fallen away, Posner's book has played a major role in transforming the field of antitrust law into a body of economically rational principles largely in accord with the ideas set forth in the first edition. Today's antitrust professionals may disagree on specific practices and rules, but most litigators, prosecutors, judges, and scholars agree that the primary goal of antitrust laws should be to promote economic welfare, and that economic theory should be used to determine how well business practices conform to that goal.

In this thoroughly revised...


Aging and Old Age
Richard A. Posner
0226675661
Jan 1996
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In a wide-angled, unsentimental, compelling look at old age, Posner, an economist and federal judge, punctures the widespread belief that the elderly constitute a selfish voting bloc and that the U.S. is becoming ominously gerontified. In his analysis, the alarmists have exaggerated the costs of an aging population and ignored the benefits, which include skills, experience, stabilizing maturity and worker loyalty. Posner's views are often iconoclastic, as when he asserts that old people are more self-centered than the young. He argues that physician-assisted suicide, if legalized for cases of terminally ill, pain-wracked or severely impaired people, might actually reduce the overall suicide rate among the elderly. He further maintains that legislation enacted in 1986 abolishing mandatory retirement at fixed ages...


The Essential Holmes: Selections from the Letters, Speeches, Judicial Opinions, and Other Writings of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
0226675548
January 1997
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Book Review
Legendary U.S. Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes is not only a giant in American legal history but is also remarkable for having been a master prose stylist. This collection, edited by Richard Posner, who is himself a federal judge, contains essays, speeches, letters to friends, and legal opinions that give the reader a highly enjoyable look into the thoughts that emanated from a very active mind.

From Library Journal
Oliver Wendell Holmes is a major figure not only in American law but also in American letters. Edited by noted judge and legal scholar, Posner, this excellent one-volume anthology offers a mixture of Holmes's letters, speeches, and judicial opinions. Posner's introductory essay provides a fine framework for understanding Holmes's varied attitudes and multiple...


Aging and Old Age
Richard A. Posner
0226675688
Apr 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
In a wide-angled, unsentimental, compelling look at old age, Posner, an economist and federal judge, punctures the widespread belief that the elderly constitute a selfish voting bloc and that the U.S. is becoming ominously gerontified. In his analysis, the alarmists have exaggerated the costs of an aging population and ignored the benefits, which include skills, experience, stabilizing maturity and worker loyalty. Posner's views are often iconoclastic, as when he asserts that old people are more self-centered than the young. He argues that physician-assisted suicide, if legalized for cases of terminally ill, pain-wracked or severely impaired people, might actually reduce the overall suicide rate among the elderly. He further maintains that legislation enacted in 1986 abolishing mandatory retirement at fixed ages...


Legal Reason: The Use of Analogy in Legal Argument
Lloyd L. Weinreb
0521614902
February 2005
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Review
'The author displays a rare ability to be concise and convincing, precise and gripping, ensuring that this book will serve as both a thought-provoking work to those familiar with legal thought and jurisprudence, and as an approachable book to legal novices.' Harvard Law Review
'Analogical reasoning is at the heart of the law - central to both judicial reasoning and legal education. Yet it has prominent doubters among both judges and legal academics. In Legal Reason, Lloyd Weinreb offers an excellent and much needed analysis and defense of analogical reasoning, one that will prove very valuable to law students and legal scholars alike.' Brian Bix, University of Minnesota School of Law
'Lloyd Weinreb has written a wonderful guide to the nature of legal reasoning, one that will appeal to a diverse audience of legal...

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