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September 6, 2012

TT: Almanac

"The unexamined life, said Socrates, is not worth living. Nor is it bearable. To acknowledge no values at all is to deny a difference between ourselves and other particles that tumble in space. The irreducible value, though not the exclusive one, is the idea of law. Law is more than just another opinion; not because it embodies all right values, or because the values it does embody tend from time to time to reflect those of a majority or plurality, but because it is the value of values. Law is the principal institution through which a society can assert its values."

Alexander Bickel, The Morality of Consent (courtesy of Peter Wehner)

Posted September 6, 2012 12:00 AM

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