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Conservative in What Sense?

Conservatism and Pragmatism Revisited in Response to Plotica, Bell, and Mendenhall

Seth Vannatta

States did consciously derive from the legal theory of Oliver Wendell Holmes’s later writings, principally his 1897 lecture, “The Path of the Law.” 2 The American legal realists relied on two Holmesian principles. First, law is just a prediction of what the courts will do, and the courts use many

Allen Mendenhall

the meaning of law itself are to be found in their effects, or in the prediction of their effects. 40 These elements of Holmes’s thought are also elements of “the slow-moving nature of British common law.” 41 Vannatta claims that “the conservative legal tradition in England was the common

Belén Pueyo-Ibáñez

( Kitcher 2011 , 20). Let us see why. Human beings possess a natural proclivity for drama. We describe history as a succession of battles and wars; we look at the present with horror, worried about international conflicts, economic crises, and natural disasters; our predictions for the future have often the

Jay Schulkin

Association . 29 : 17 – 18 . Faust D.G. ( 2008 ) The Republic of Suffering . New York : Knopf . Fisch MH ( 1942 , 1986 ) Justice Holmes, the prediction theory of law and pragmatism . In: Fisch M.H. (1986) Peirce, Semiotic and Pragmatism , Bloomington

Alessio Lo Giudice

accounts for the unavoidable link between the collective way of dealing with common problems and a polity’s processes of self-understanding: One is answering the question “who are we?” in a useful and informative way only if one thereby generates reliable predictions about what measures the group

Jong-pil Yoon

main goal of history is to produce, not predictions or plans of action, but retrospective beliefs, which makes the mechanism of verification through action inapplicable to history. Lastly, my position on Tamm’s ‘disciplinary consensus’ argument is that his approach, although giving a specific

David Rondel

, interest in Rorty’s book has increased dramatically since Donald Trump’s election. In what follows I revisit some of the main arguments in Achieving Our Country , twenty years after the book first appeared. Not only are many of Rorty’s diagnoses and predictions eerily prescient in the wake of the rise of

Jay Schulkin

, for instance, disparaged uncertainty in physics and relied on necessity for the prediction of the heavens. Immanuel Kant (1787), also, made necessity a condition of what we impose by our categories for understanding. We now know that diverse regions of the brain are linked to statistical inference

Marnie Binder

classical historicism, efforts are focused on the discovery of a generalized filter for the human forces that are operant in history, rather than just a sort of listing of historical details singularly. Further representative of such a historicist viewpoint is the goal of prediction; a study of history

D.S. Clarke

certain topic or used with a certain purpose. Thus, a conversation can shift from a prediction about the weather to evaluating the conduct of a friend, and finally to a mutual decision to meet later in the week. The prediction, evaluation, and decision would constitute separate discourse blocks within the