I'll be doing less blogging during the summer, but will have occasional updates--things will pick up again in August. I'll also have some additions to the "most cited" lists during the summer. To answer a question that comes up a fair bit regarding highly cited faculty who work in different areas of law: based on a sample of results, we treat faculty as highly cited in a particular field if about 75-80% of the cites are to work in that field.
This site is run by a young philosopher, Clifford Sosis, who kindly interviewed me. Although it ends up focusing a good bit on academic philosophy (and some of its professional pathologies!), it may still interest some readers.
The review is by philosopher Samuel Rickless (UC San Diego); Philosophical Review is the leading philosophy journal in English. Professor Rickless writes that Why Tolerate Religion?,
is short, an enjoyable read, accessible to the generally educated public but alive to a number of sophisticated philosophical ideas and distinctions, its prose crisp and straightforward, its attitude no-nonsense, its conclusion provocative, and its arguments clear, concise, and analytically rigorous.
Professor Rickless goes on to offer some reasonable (though, to my mind, not persuasive) criticisms as well. (The contrast between this review, by a philosopher and scholar, and a political hit piece is instructive!)
...hence the new format. I was out at Pepperdine in lovely Malibu not long ago, and was chatting with the Blog Emperor himself who, among his other virtues, handles all the accounting and technical issues for his empire. (He also has better luck getting Wolters Kluwer to respond to inquiries!) Although the 'look' is new, the content will remain the same!
A nice short notice: "Why Tolerate Religion? is a readable book that exposes several tenuous assumptions underlying the predominant justifications for religious exemptions. At the same time, it provides a fresh and intuitive framework for analyzing conscience-based objections to facially neutral laws that should appeal to legal practitioners, jurists, and philosophers alike."