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Summer Fridays With Pascal: On the Nature of Law

Many law students know the rough outlines of the distinction between natural law and legal positivism. Both are theories about the nature of law–about what is distinctive about law as a concept. 810 more words

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Summer Fridays With Pascal (Birthday Edition): The Wager

On the occasion of Pascal’s birthday, what more appropriate way to celebrate than to read his famous wager? Many people know vaguely that there is something called “Pascal’s Wager” as well as its general thrust. 878 more words

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Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down Arizona Municipality's Sign Code as Violating Speech Clause

A busy First Amendment day at the Court today. In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, the Court unanimously strikes down the town’s byzantine sign ordinance as violating the Speech Clause, and in particular as being content-based regulations that do not survive strict scrutiny. 177 more words

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Specialty License Plate Case Decided by the Supreme Court on Government Speech Grounds

The Supreme Court today decided Walker v. Sons of Confederate Victims, which dealt with a state’s capacity to deny a specialty license plate to a group that wanted to feature a Confederate flag and the words “Sons of Confederate Veterans.” In an opinion by Justice Breyer (and joined by Justice Thomas), the Court holds 5-4 that speech on license plates is “government speech,” and therefore that the First Amendment does not stop the state of Texas from choosing what sort of message it will endorse. 197 more words

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"Patents on Life" Conference at Cambridge

Apropos of Mark’s excellent post below, our friend Tom Berg has the details here of a very interesting conference at Cambridge University this fall concerning patent law and religion. 127 more words

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Summer Fridays with Pascal: On Intention

Today’s post on Pascal reproduces a fragment from his “Letters to a Provincial”

(sometimes called “Provincial Letters”), a wonderful work of political and religious polemic in the defense of Jansenism and against a particular kind of casuistry in Jesuit thinking (the letters’ more immediate aim was to defend Antoine Arnauld, Pascal’s fellow Jansenist, who was threatened with censure by the theological faculty at the Sorbonne for certain writings). 1,927 more words

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