Greetings (and a peek at my table) Reply

Hello! Thanks to Warren and the rest of the Table for having me here–I’ll try not to disappoint!

Warren did a fantastic job introducing me, so I’ll just add a couple things…

First, I come to law through economics and philosophy, and I am fortunate to teach courses in both law-and-economics and legal philosophy. My main interests in law are punishment (retributivism in particular) and jurisprudence (especially Ronald Dworkin’s law-as-integrity). I have a new edited volume out (or nearly out) from Oxford titled Retributivism: Essays on Theory and Policy, which I will blog about here, as well as a monograph coming soon from Stanford, Kantian Ethics and Economics: Autonomy, Dignity, and Character, which plants the seeds for a Kantian-Dworkinian synthesis that I hope will be the topic of my next book. (More about that later too if you’re interested–I invoke it a bit in my chapter in the retributivism book also.)

Second, I blog several other places: Economics and Ethics (where I focus primarily on news and research in those areas, but also law and philosophy more broadly), The Comics Professor (where I talk about one of my passions, comic books, usually in terms of philosophy, as in my books like Batman and Philosophy), and Maybe It’s Just Me, But… (my blog at Psychology Today, where I go on about just about anything, including legal issues such as the insanity defense,  wrongful convictions, and most recently employment discrimination). I’m also on Twitter, where you can find updates about all of these things.

Finally, a look at my table. My latest book acquisition is David Luban’s Legal Ethics and Human Dignity, and on the “read soon” pile are:

And currently playing: Louis Armstrong, Louis in New York, preceded by The California Concerts.

Once more, thank you for having me here, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Introducing Brian McCabe to the Table 2

It is my pleasure to welcome Brian McCabe, who will be joining us at the Table.  Brian’s interests include modern/ contemporary poetry and theology and religion.  Brian has written about the Jesuit thinker Patrick Kavanagh in an essay published by New Directions earlier this year titled The Passionate Transitory: The Jesuit Metaphysical Poetics of Patrick J. Kavanagh.

Brian, please have a seat at the table!

Introducing Andrew Adler to the Table Reply

Its my pleasure to introduce Andrew Adler, who will be blogging at the Table. Andrew currently practices intellectual property law and general commercial litigation in New York, but more important for Table readers, has been actively involved in the [inter]discipline of Law and Literature Studies. An article that Andrew wrote that you might check out is Can Formalism Convey Justice?: Oaths, Deeds, and Other Legal Speech Acts in Four English Renaissance Plays, 72 St. Johns L. Rev. 237 (1998). Please join me in welcoming Andrew to the Table.

The Literary Table Welcomes Patrick O’Donnell Reply

Please join me in welcoming to the Table Patrick O’Donnell. Patrick also contributes at Ratio Juris and Religious Left Law. Amongst the things we can look forward to are Patrick’s fond descriptions of Chinese and Japanese poetry, contemporary Vietnamese poetry, haiku, and classical Sufi poetry. WOW!

Patrick, Please have a seat at the table!

Setting the Table Reply

The table is set. The greatest minds of literature are assembled. Robert Penn Warren, Herman Melville, Fydor Doystoyvesky, Edgar Allen Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and…You. That’s my table of course. Perfectly set with trimmings, wine and comfortable chairs. They would talk long into the night. I’d have so many questions. I would refrain. Asking questions would only lead to answers they did not want to give, questions they were forced to engage by an impolite host holding them captive by a warm table, succulent food, and the dribbled questions of groupies forever wanting to find some significance of themselves in the works of the author, and to have the author verify that significance of the individual as if the individual was as timeless as the work itself. Oh to hear Robert Penn Warren say that “You are exactly the sort of Jack Burden I wrote about!” Such need for validation is the common call of a modern man — unable to find his own self in the world. More…