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Saturday, June 6, 2009

So which philosophers have had the most impact on legal scholarship?

With more than 100 responses to the latest poll, here's the top five:

1. Kant  (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)
2. Aristotle  loses to Kant by 49–40
3. Locke  loses to Kant by 48–37, loses to Aristotle by 48–46
4. Rawls  loses to Kant by 49–36, loses to Locke by 47–42
5. Mill (John Stuart)  loses to Kant by 47–37, loses to Locke by 43–41

A reasonable top five, though I'd be hard-pressed to explain the ordinal rank, and I wonder whether these results would be borne out by a citation analysis of law reviews.  A topic for a different day.

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