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Force Majeure in Legal Scholarship


James Ming Chen


Michigan State University - College of Law

1997

Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 14, pp. 427-429, 1997

Abstract:     
Who's to blame when legal scholarship is bad? Not pedestrian, repetitive, uninspired, or poorly conceived-just bad. If those crazy Minnesotans at Constitutional Commentary are to be believed, the fault lies with us scholars, that we are overweening. The "manifestly reasonable strategy" of "taking... shocking position[s]" in the quest for tenure generates "Gresham's Law of Legal Scholarship." Warped as it is by rampant "Ph.D. envy," the market for legal scholarship values '''paradigmshak[ing]'" hypotheses over "'extremely intelligent conventional legal scholarship.", A decade after Daniel Farber railed against academic "brilliance," legal scholars everywhere are still seeking the elusive "play of intelligence" and usually missing it. We could tell many stories on bad scholarship, but that would lie beyond the realm of reason.

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Chen, James Ming, Force Majeure in Legal Scholarship (1997). Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 14, pp. 427-429, 1997. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2255155

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James Ming Chen (Contact Author)
Michigan State University - College of Law ( email )
318 Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
United States
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