Archive for February 2017

Historical Justice

CHAPTER THREEHistorical Justice This chapter explores the historical response to evil legacies and the question of what role historical accountability plays in liberal transition. Transitions appear—almost by definition—to imply periods of historical discontinuity. Wars, revolutions, and repressive rule represent gaps in the life of the state that threaten its historical . . . Read more

Administrative Justice

CHAPTER FIVEAdministrative Justice This chapter turns to where the law itself is the engine of revolutionary change. In negotiated political transitions, the transformation often depends on the force of law. Politicized public law can effect radical change when it distributes power explicitly on the basis of the new ideology. Sweeping . . . Read more


CHAPTER ELEVEN ACADEMIC ANTISCIENCE Stupidity is the twin sister of reason: It grows most luxuriously not on the soil of virgin ignorance, but on soil cultivated by the sweat of doctors and professors. —WITOLD GOMBROWICZ, 1988 Science and ideology are incompatible. —JOHN S. RIGDEN AND ROGER H. STUEWER, 2004 Once . . . Read more


CHAPTER TWO SCIENCE & LIBERALISM The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. —JUDGE LEARNED HAND, 1944 The method of freedom is the method of science. —SOCIOLOGIST LYMAN BRYSON, 1947 Liberalism shares many of the qualities of science, but since both are . . . Read more


CHAPTER TWELVE ONE WORLD The world exists, as I understand it, to teach the science of liberty. —RALPH WALDO EMERSON Science and democracy are based on the rejection of dogmatism. —DICK TAVERNE One can live by dogma or by discovery. Dogmas (from the Greek for received opinions that “seem good”) . . . Read more


CHAPTER TEN TOTALITARIAN ANTISCIENCE Science and peace will triumph over ignorance and war. —LOUIS PASTEUR, 1892 Science will flourish only in a society that cherishes…the reason, openness, tolerance, and respect for the autonomy of the individual that distinguish the social process of science. —GERALD PIEL, 1986 Although the twentieth century . . . Read more