Not Unmindful of the Future: Some Reflections on Stability and Change

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Barry Sullivan

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Date Written: Fall 1994


A speech delivered at Opening Convocation, Washington & Lee University, Fall 1994; "[S]ome of us, by temperament or because of metaphysical reflection, tend to prefer stability as more important than change; others will generally prefer change to stability. Some are inclined to see the world through Burke's eyes; others through Rousseau's. Some of us have great faith in theory and in synoptic solutions; others think that truth is more likely to evolve, little by little. Some of us are devoted to codification in the law; others to the common law tradition. In a sense, these are biases or predilections that any of us who has thought seriously about these things is likely to have developed. What I want to suggest is that they are like other biases and predilections; once we are conscious of them, as Aristotle suggested, we need to try and compensate for them. We must try and get past the labels and dig into the nitty-gritty."

Keywords: Stability, Change, Washington & Lee University, Legal Education

JEL Classification: K1, K10

Suggested Citation

Sullivan, Barry, Not Unmindful of the Future: Some Reflections on Stability and Change (Fall 1994). Washington and Lee Law Review, Vol. 52, No. 2, 1995, Available at SSRN:

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