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.