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February 5, 2010
Legal beagles have long noses...
Is there a problem with public
intellectuals with legal backgrounds? Richard Posner
In a legal arena, scoring points
with a deceptive argument is fair
game -- rewarded if successful,
unpunished if exposed.
Could it be that they tend to lose
track of the fact that for some
people a reputation for integrity
matters? Or at least, is supposed
to matter, in theory.
A debating society ethic
where no one cares about
sincerity, and nothing is SPORTS_LOGIC
really at stake except
which side wins the contest?
It's like they've forgotten
there's a real world out
there, beyond point-scoring If so, that's an interesting
gotcha debates and twist-- at least for me--
pandering to the jury. because formal debate and it's
even more formal twin, legal
debate, strikes me as having
some practical advantages for
getting at the truth.
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