Law Without Values
The Life, Work, and Legacy of Justice Holmes
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In recent decades, Oliver Wendell Holmes has been praised as "the only great American legal thinker" and "the most illustrious figure in the history of American law." But in Albert Alschuler's critique of both Justice Holmes and contemporary legal scholarship, a darker portrait is painted—that of a man who, among other things, espoused Social Darwinism, favored eugenics, and, as he himself acknowledged, came "devilish near to believing that might makes right."
University of Chicago Press, 9780226015217, 336pp.
Publication Date: April 15, 2002
About the Author
Albert W. Alschuler is Wilson-Dickinson Professor of Law at the University of Chicago.