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Posner’s Expertise

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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  1. fishbane says:

    Putting aside the stay-outta-my-discipline snark, when I (a non-lawyer, non-economist, non-academic with a mere undergrad degree in comp sci) can easily spot the problems in Posner’s comments without a cheat-sheet (I read, and dismissed, him before I saw any of the retorts), what does that say about the quality of the argument?

    Posner seems to suffer from the sort of overreach a lot of very smart experts do. More than one distinguished engineer is considered a crank by physicists due to elementary failures of understanding when they tried to jump disciplines. What do we call it when it happens to a lawyer?

  2. These reactions to Posner’s article perhaps offer some insights to those on my side of the aisle’s constant eye-rolling at much of what Paul Krugman writes.

  3. Frank says:

    I suppose at some point a critical mass of Posner-critique will build. Some of my favorites include:

    Eskridge, The Economics Epidemic in an AIDS Perspective, in The University of Chicago Law Review, Vol. 61, No. 2 (Spring, 1994),

    Ian Shapiro, Richard Posner’s Praxis, a chapter in Shapiro’s book The flight from reality in the human sciences.

    Most of the commentaries on his Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory (I think published in the Harvard L. Rev., along with the lecture that later became the book).

    Jeanne L. Schroeder, Just So Stories: Posnerian Economic Methodology, available at

    And the reflections here on whether his book Public Intellectuals is “worthy of being dismissed or being considered an elaborate joke:”

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