Scholarship as Fun

22 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2019

Date Written: December 1, 2019


This paper - which is part of a symposium for Pierre Schlag - argues that the pursuit of fun is possibly better than most of our usual pursuits in legal scholarship. This has three likely implications, which are reflected in the structure of the paper: a recognition of the coexistence of mutually exclusive legal realities entertaining dialectic relationships; the abandonment of oneness of the legal academy; and the need to situate ourselves within tangled socio-professional hierarchies. And as a coda to the discussion, the paper addresses the feeling of discomfort that the open pursuit of fun may elicit: ‘How can you have so much fun when the world is burning?’

Keywords: aesthetics of legal scholarship, Pierre Schlag

Suggested Citation

Schultz, Thomas, Scholarship as Fun (December 1, 2019). King's College London Law School Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or

Thomas Schultz (Contact Author)

King's College London ( email )

Somerset House East Wing
London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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