Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Interviews with Richard Posner

Posted by Jeff Lipshaw

There's an extended series of interviews with Judge Richard Posner over at bigthink.com.  I disagree with him about many, many things, but I much admire his willingness to say exactly what he thinks and in an interesting way.  Along the way he bashes anything to do with faith versus facts, and while he acknowledges the Humean dictum that you can't derive "ought" from "is," he thinks if we really understood everything about abortion, for example, maybe 60% of people would come to the same conclusion one way or another.  I'm not sure that's consistent with his view that people are "just monkeys with big brains."  I was also pleased to find that his decision to go to law school was a lot like mine:  largely without passion about being a lawyer, but a better alternative than going to grad school in the humanities. 


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