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  •  The revelation of Scalia's mindset (3+ / 0-)
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    Scalia explained was too bad there were so many "law and" courses that distract the minds of law students because they are disconnected from the law and this had led to a severe intellectual weakening of the legal flock:

        "We now have classes in the law and ... the law and literature, the law and feminism, the law and poverty, the law and economics."

    This alone reveals Scalia's mindset and that is one of an absolutist who values the thing for the thing itself. Translation: He is well-versed in his trade in a deeply mechanical way while ignoring the context from which those laws have risen, which of course is a faulty reasoning, at best. Scalia's "law" is an island that needs to and can be studied for itself alone. No need to put it on a map, figuring out its location in connection to other landmasses, the time zone, the longitude and the latitude of it, whatsoever.

    Now, if we were a colony of ants, living on that disconnected island of Scalia's "law," we would be o.k. but again, the ants too do some radar scanning of their environment to organize their place in context of their surroundings.

    Intellect? Mechanical, yes, but it does not translate to a "global" understanding.

    No wonder he misses the whole picture, often.

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 10:59:37 AM PDT

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