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James Boyd White

L. Hart Wright Collegiate Professor of Law
Member of University of Michigan Law School Faculty 1983-


Publications

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Books

  • Co-editor. Law and Democracy in the Empire of Force. H. J. Powell, co-editor. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Univ. of Michigan Press, 2009.
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  • Living Speech: Resisting the Empire of Force. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Univ. Press, 2006.
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  • Editor. How Should We Talk About Religion?: Perspectives, Contexts and Particularities. Notre Dame, Ind.: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2006.
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  • The Edge of Meaning. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2001.
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  • Editor. How Should We Talk about Religion?: Inwardness, Particularity, and Translation. [Notre Dame, Ind.]: Erasmus Institute, 2001.
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  • From Expectation to Experience: Essays on Law and Legal Education. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 1999.
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  • This Book of Starres: Learning to Read George Herbert. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Univ. of Michigan Press, 1994.
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  • Acts of Hope: Creating Authority in Literature, Law, and Politics. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1994.
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  • Justice as Translation: An Essay in Cultural and Legal Criticism. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1990.
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  • Heracles' Bow: Essays on the Rhetoric and Poetics of Law. Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1985.
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  • When Words Lose Their Meaning: Constitutions and Reconstitutions of Language, Character, and Community. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1984.
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  • Co-author. Constitutional Criminal Procedure: Cases, Questions, and Notes. J. E. Scarboro, co-author. Mineola, New York: Foundation Press, 1977. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)
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  • The Legal Imagination: Studies in the Nature of Legal Thought and Expression. Boston: Little, Brown, 1973. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)
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Book Chapters

  • "The Creation of Authority in a Sermon by Saint Augustine." In Legal Affinities: Explorations in the Legal Form of Thought, edited by P. M. Brennan, H. J. Powell, and J. L. Sammons, 61-77. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2013.
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  • "The Cultural Background of 'The Legal Imagination'." In Teaching Law and Literature, edited by A. Sarat, C. Frank, and M. Anderson. New York: Modern Language Association, 2011.
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  • "The 'Legal Imagination' and the Beginning of Modern Law and Literature." In Teaching Law Through the Looking Glass of Literature, edited by B. Pozzo, 9-24. Berne, Switzerland: Stämpfli Publishers Ltd., 2010.
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  • "Law, Economics, and Torture." In Law and Democracy in the Empire of Force, edited by H. J. Powell and J. B. White, 265-84. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Univ. of Michigan Press, 2009.
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  • "Meaning What You Say." In Law in the Liberal Arts, edited by A. Sarat, 109-39. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell Univ. Press, 2004.
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  • "Writing and Reading in Philosophy, Law, and Poetry." In Law and Literature, edited by M. Freeman and A. D. E. Lewis, 1-20. Current Legal Issues, 2. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1999.
  • "Legal Writing." In Looking at Law School. 4th ed., edited by S. Gillers. New York: Meridian, 1997.
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  • "Reading One Poet in Light of Another: Herbert and Frost." In George Herbert in the Nineties: Reflections and Reassessments, edited by J. F. S. Post and S. Gottlieb, 5-80. George Herbert Journal Special Studies & Monographs, 18. Fairfield, Conn.: George Herbert Journal, 1995.
  • "On the Virtues of Not Understanding." In Between Languages and Cultures: Translation and Cross-Cultural Texts, edited by A. Dingwaney and C. Maier, 333-9. Pittsburgh: Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 1995.
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  • "The Ethics of Meaning." In The Happy Couple: Law and Literature, edited by J. N. Turner and P. Williams. Annandale, Australia: Federation Press, 1994.
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  • "Imagining the Law." In The Rhetoric of Law, edited by A. Sarat and T. R. Kearns. The Amherst series in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Univ. of Michigan Press, 1994.
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  • Co-author. "The Invisible Discourse of the Law: Reflections on Legal Literacy and General Education." W. R. Winterowd and G. R. Winterowd, co-authors. In The Critical Reader, Thinker and Writer. Mountain View, Cal.: Mayfield Pub. Co., 1992.
  • "The Constitution as Literature." In Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, edited by L. W. Levy et al., suppl. 1, 105-7. New York: Macmillan, 1992.
  • "Making Sense of Criminal Law." In Criminal Law, edited by T. Morawetz. International Library of Essays in Law and Legal Theory. New York: New York Univ. Press, 1991.
  • "Translation, Interpretation, and the Law." In Textual Fidelity and Textual Disregard, edited by B. P. Dauenhauer. New York: Peter Lang, 1990.
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  • "Legal Writing." In Looking at Law School. 3rd rev. ed., edited by S. Gillers. New York: New American Library, 1990.
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  • "Judicial Criticism." In Interpreting Law and Literature: A Hermeneutic Reader, edited by S. Levinson and S. Mailloux. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern Univ. Press, 1988.
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  • "The Invisible Discourse of the Law: Reflections on Legal Literacy and General Education." In A Student's Guide to the Study of Law: An Introduction, by L. H. LaRue. New York: Matthew Bender, 1987.
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  • "Law as Rhetoric, Rhetoric as Law: The Arts of Cultural and Communal Life." In The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences, edited by J. S. Nelson et al. Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1987.
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  • "The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure." In Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, edited by L. W. Levy and K. L. Karst. New York: Macmillan, 1986.
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  • "Jury Discrimination." In Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, edited by L. W. Levy and K. L. Karst. New York: Macmillan, 1986.
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  • "Burden of Proof." In Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, edited by L. W. Levy and K. L. Karst. New York: Macmillan, 1986.
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  • "Arrest." In Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, edited by L. W. Levy and K. L. Karst. New York: Macmillan, 1986.
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  • "Legal Writing." In Looking at Law School. Rev. ed., edited by S. Gillers. New York: New American Library, 1984.
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  • "The Invisible Discourse of the Law: Reflections on Legal Literacy and General Education." In Literacy for Life, edited by R. W. Bailey and R. M. Fosheim. New York: Modern Language Assoc. of America, 1983.
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  • "The Invisible Discourse of the Law: Reflections on Legal Literacy and General Education." In Forum: Essays on Theory and Practice in the Teaching and Writing, edited by P. L. Stock. Montclair, N.J.: Boynton/Cook, 1983.
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  • "Search and Seizure: Tangible Evidence." In Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, edited by S. H. Kadish et al. New York: Free Press, 1983.
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Journal Articles

  • "An Old-Fashioned View of the Nature of Law." Theoretical Inquiries L. 12, no. 1 (2011): 381-402.
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  • "The Creation of Authority in a Sermon by St. Augustine." Vill. L. Rev. 55, no. 6 (2010): 1129-42.
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  • "Law, Economics, and Torture." Law Quad. Notes 50, no. 2 (2008): 98-103. (Essay is the text of a talk delivered at a conference held at the Law School in 2007, entitled "Law and Democracy in the Empire of Force." This essay appears in more complete form in Law and Democracy in the Empire of Force, edited by H. J. Powell and J. B. White. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 2009.)
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  • "Establishing Relations between Law and Other Forms of Thought and Language." Erasmus L. Rev. 1, no. 3 (2008): 3-22.
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  • "The Word and the Law." Ga. L. Rev. 41, no. 3 (2007): 923-43.
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  • "Homer Clark: Colleague and Friend." Colo. L. Rev. 78, no. 1 (2007): 3-9.
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  • "A Tribute to Lewis H. LaRue." Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 63, no. 1 (2006): 7-8.
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  • "Schooling Expectations." J. Legal Educ. 54, no. 4 (2004): 499-503.
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  • "Quand le langage rencontre la pensée: Trois questions." Revue interdisciplinaire d'études juridiques, no. 53 (2004): 1-28.
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  • "Free Speech and Valuable Speech: Silence, Dante, and the 'Marketplace of Ideas'." UCLA L. Rev. 51, no. 3 (2004): 799-824.
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  • "What's Wrong with Our Talk about Race? On History, Particularity, and Affirmative Action." Mich. L. Rev. 100, no. 7 (2002): 1927-53.
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  • "Legal Knowledge (Symposium: Law, Knowledge, and the Academy)." Harv. L. Rev. 115, no. 5 (2002): 1396-431.
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  • "Human Dignity and the Claim of Meaning: Athenian Tragic Drama and Supreme Court Decisions." J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 27, no. 1 (2002): 45-64.
  • "How Theology Might Learn from Law (Symposium: The Theology of the Practice of Law)." Mercer L. Rev. 53, no. 3 (2002): 1009-18.
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  • "How to Talk about Religion." Law Quad. Notes 44, no. 2 (2001): 66-8.
  • "The Desire for Meaning in Law and Literature." Current Legal Probs. 53 (2000): 131-49.
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  • "Reading Texts, Reading Traditions: African Masks and American Law." Yale J. L. & Human. 12, no. 1 (2000): 117-27.
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  • "Linking the Visions." Law Quad. Notes 43, no. 3 (2000): 22.
  • "Humanities and the Law: A Kinship of Performance." Law Quad. Notes 42, no. 3 (1999): 106-8.
  • "What We Know." Cardozo Stud. L & Literature 10, no. 2 (1998): 151-3.
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  • "Talking about Religion in the Language of the Law: Impossible but Necessary." Marq. L. Rev. 81, no. 2 (1998): 177-202. (Symposium: Religion and the Judicial Process: Legal, Ethical, and Empirical Dimensions)
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  • "Response to Judging Religion by Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (Symposium: Religion and the Judicial Process: Legal, Ethical, and Empirical Dimensions)." Marq. L. Rev. 81, no. 2 (1998): 509-11.
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  • "Notes from the Editorial Advisory Board (Tenth Anniversary Symposium: New Directions in Law and the Humanities)." Yale J. L. & Human. 10, no. 2 (1998): 398-400.
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  • "Freeing the Tortious Soul of Express Warranty Law." Tul. L. Rev. 72, no. 6 (1998): 2089-111.
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  • "Rhetoric and Law: The Arts of Cultural and Communal Life." Kettering Rev. December (1997): 6-16. 
  • "Meaning in the Life of the Lawyer." Law Quad. Notes 40, no. 2 (1997): 71-6. (Adapted from a talk delivered at the Ray Rushton Distinguished Lecturer Series, Feb.29-Mar. 1, 1996 at the Cumberland School of Law at Stanford University and subsequently published in the Cumb. L. Rev. 26, no. 3 (1996): 763-71.)
  • "Why I Write (Symposium: Writing Across the Margins)." Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 53, no. 3 (1996): 1021-37.
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  • "The Rhythms of Hope and Disappointment in the Language of Judging (St. John's University School of Law: Rededication Symposia)." St. John's L. Rev. 70, no. 1 (1996): 45-50.
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  • "The Mystery of Meaning in Vermeer." Karakters 1, no. 2 (1996): 9-24.
  • "Meaning in the Life of the Lawyer." Cumb. L. Rev. 26, no. 3 (1996): 763-71. (Originally presented at the Ray Rushton Distinguished Lecturer Series, Feb. 29-Mar. 1, 1996 at the Cumberland School of Law at Stanford University.)
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  • Co-author. "A Conversation between Milner Ball and James Boyd White." M. S. Ball, co-author. Yale J. L. & Human. 8, no. 2 (1996): 465-94.
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  • "What's an Opinion For? (Special Issue: Judicial Opinion Writing)." U. Chi. L. Rev. 62, no. 4 (1995): 1363-9.
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  • "Art of Judgment in Planned Parenthood v. Casey." Law Quad. Notes 38, no. 1 (1995): 52-60. (Excerpted and abridged from a chapter in his book Acts of Hope: Creating Authority in Literature, Law, and Politics. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1994.)
  • "Teaching Law and Literature (Adversaria: Literature and Law)." Mosaic 27, no. 4 (1994): 1-15.
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  • "Plato's 'Crito': The Authority of Law and Philosophy (Symposium on Law, Literature, and the Humanities)." U. Cin. L. Rev. 63, no. 1 (1994): 11-50.
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  • "Law, Literature, and the Humanities: Panel Discussion." U. Cin. L. Rev. 63, no. 1 (1994): 387-402.
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  • "Law Teachers' Writing." Mich. L. Rev. 91, no. 8 (1993): 1970-6.
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  • "Translation as a Mode of Thought." Cornell L. Rev. 77 (1992): 1388-97.
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  • "Our Meanings Can Never Be the Same: Reflections on Language and Law." Rhetoric Soc'y Am. Q. 21 (1991): 68.
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  • "Judging the Judges: Three Opinions." W. Va. L. Rev. 92 (1990): 697-719.
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  • "The Odyssey." Raritan 8 (1988): 102-16.
  • "Law and Literature: 'No Manifesto'." Mercer L. Rev. 39 (1988): 739-51.
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  • "Intellectual Integration." Nw. U. L. Rev. 82 (1988): 1-18.
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  • "Thinking about Our Language." Yale L. J. 96 (1987): 1960-83.
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  • "Response to Roger Cramton's Article." J. Legal Educ. 37 (1987): 533-4.
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  • "Intellectual Integration." Issues Integrative Stud., no. 5 (1987): 1-18.
  • "Economics and Law: Two Cultures in Tension." Tenn. L. Rev. 54 (1987): 161-202.
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  • "Constructing a Constitution: 'Original Intention' in the Slave Cases." Md. L. Rev. 47 (1987): 239-70.
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  • "The Judicial Opinion and the Poem: Ways of Reading, Ways of Life." Miss. C. L. Rev. 5 (1986): 25-55.
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  • "Judicial Criticism." Ga. L. Rev. 20 (1986): 835-70.
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  • "Introduction: Is Cultural Criticism Possible?" Mich. L. Rev. 84 (1986): 1373-87.
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  • "Doctrine in A Vacuum: Reflections on What a Law School Ought (and Ought Not) to Be." J. Legal Educ. 36 (1986): 155-66.
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  • "Law as Rhetoric, Rhetoric as Law: The Arts of Cultural and Communal Life" (in Japanese). Gendai Shiso 52 (1986): 128-47.
  • "Law as Rhetoric, Rhetoric as Law: The Arts of Cultural and Communal Life." U. Chi. L. Rev. 52 (1985): 684-702.
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  • "How Should We Talk about Corporations? The Languages of Economics and of Citizenship." Yale L. J. 94 (1985): 1416-25.
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  • "Doctrine in a Vacuum: Reflections on What a Law School Ought (and Ought Not) to Be." U. Mich. J. L. Reform 18 (1985): 251-66.
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  • "The Judicial Opinion and the Poem: Ways of Reading, Ways of Life." Mich. L. Rev. 82 (1984): 1669-99.
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  • "The Ethics of Argument: Plato's Gorgias and the Modern Lawyer." U. Chi. L. Rev. 50 (1983): 849-95.
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  • "The Invisible Discourse of the Law: Reflections on Legal Literacy and General Education." U. Colo. L. Rev. 54 (1983): 143-59.
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  • "Forgotten Points in the 'Exclusionary Rule' Debate." Mich. L. Rev. 81 (1983): 1273-84.
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  • "Law as Language: Reading Law and Reading Literature." Tex. L. Rev. 60, no. 3 (1982): 415-45. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)
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  • "The Fourth Amendment as a Way of Talking about People: A Study of Robinson and Matlock." Sup. Ct. Rev. 1974 (1974): 165-232. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)
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Reviews

  • "Looking at our Language: Glendon on Rights." Review of Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse, by M. A. Glendon. Mich. L. Rev. 90, no. 6 (1992): 1267-75.
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  • "What Can a Lawyer Learn from Literature?" Review of Law and Literature: A Misunderstood Relation, by R. A. Posner. Harv. L. Rev. 102 (1989): 2014-47.
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  • Review of The Dialogues of Plato, Vol. 1. Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Gorgias, Menexenus. Ethics 97, no. 1 (1986): 304.

Other Publications

  • When Language Meets the Mind: Three Questions, 5-36. Tilburg Law Lecture Series, Montesquieu Seminars, vol. 2. Nijmegen, Neth.: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2007.
  • Introduction to How Should We Talk About Religion?: Perspectives, Contexts and Particularities, 1-10. Notre Dame, Ind.: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2006.
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Reprints (Articles and other publications reprinted in full and Law Quadrangle)

  • "Intellectual Integration." In The Role of Social Science in Law, edited by E. Mertz, 5-22. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008. (Originally published under the same title in Nw. U. L. Rev. 82, no. 1 (1987): 1-18.)
  • "The Life of the Law as a Life of Writing." Law Quad. Notes 44, no. 3 (2001): 16-8. (Excerpted from his book The Edge of Meaning. Chicago: Chicago Univ. Press, 2001.)
  • "Thinking about Our Language." In Law and Language, edited by T. Morawetz, 3-26. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000. (Originally published under the same title in Yale L.J. 96, no. 8 (1987): 1960-83.)
  • "Law as Rhetoric, Rhetoric as Law: The Arts of Cultural and Communal Life." In Law and Language, edited by T. Morawetz, 55-73. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000. (Originally published under the same title in U. Chi. L. Rev. 52, no. 3 (1985): 684-702.)
  • "Economics and Law: Two Cultures in Tension." In Law and Economics Anthology, edited by K. G. Dau-Schmidt and T. S. Ulen, 49-66. Cincinnati, Ohio: Anderson Publishing Co., 1998. (Originally published under the same title in Tenn. L. Rev. 54, no. 2 (1987): 161-202.)
  • "The Judicial Opinion and the Poem: Ways of Reading, Ways of Life." In Law and Literature: Text and Theory, edited by L. Ledwon, 5-28. New York: Garland, 1996. (Originally published as a chapter in his book Heracles' Bow: Essays on the Rhetoric and Poetics of the Law.)
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