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Law & Language

From the November 2005 Print Edition

Law’s Quandary by Steven D. Smith Harvard University press, 222 pages, $45 Steven Smith takes us on a lively, thought-provoking romp through the philosophy of law. Like most romps, it has no destination, but the experience is worth it. Although Smith protests at the outset of Law’s . . . . Continue Reading »

God’s Justice and Ours

From the May 2002 Print Edition

Before proceeding to discuss the morality of capital punishment, I want to make clear that my views on the subject have nothing to do with how I vote in capital cases that come before the Supreme Court. That statement would not be true if I subscribed to the conventional fallacy that the . . . . Continue Reading »