2005年07月19日

Law's order

Law and Economics for the Masses

by Eric A. Posner



エリックポズナー(リチャードの息子でシカゴ大学教授)によるデヴィッドフリードマンの”Law's Order"への書評

↓一部抜粋

Law's Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters

David D. Friedman

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000

[http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/lawbooks/revdec00.htm#Posner]





"Law's Order is the first popular treatment of law and economics. It is intended for students and academics unfamiliar with the economic analysis of law, but also for the "intelligent layman," and it is the latter person who seems to be David Friedman's imagined reader. In form and style, the book resembles the popular but sophisticated surveys of evolutionary biology, like Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene (Oxford University Press, 1990) – and, indeed, Friedman cites that book as a model. (5) Friedman's book largely succeeds at the task that he sets out for himself. It is a clearly written, readable, and interesting introduction to the main ideas underlying law and economics, alongwith a large collection of specific applications.・・続く"



以下はこれへのフリードマンからの返信



A Reply to Eric Posner

by David D. Friedman

[http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/lawbooks/revdec00.htm#FriedmanReply]



"Professor Eric Posner correctly observes that the printed version of Law's Order contains little in the way of references or mathematics. He is also correct in believing that notes on a website are less accessible than notes in a book. But while they are less accessible, they are a great deal more useful.



From the website, which contains page images of the entire book, one click on a marginal icon brings up the corresponding note. A second click brings up the full text of a referenced case (in the Findlaw, Lexis or West database), a webbed article, even a webbed book. The reader must be online to take full advantage of the virtual footnotes, but he does not, like readers of more conventional books, have to be in a library in order to make use of their references. For readers who do not expect to be online while reading the book, the website also contains the virtual footnotes as a single long file, in pdf and Word format, to be downloaded and printed.

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しかし、この二人(E.PとD.F)は仲がよくないに違いない。



一方でDavid Friedman Steven Landsburg Bryan Caplan というのはお仲間のようだ。

これらArmchair Economist達は、元々が理論物理学からの転向組みだ。



私もこの本=Law's order は持っているが、まだ読了はしてない。

しかしE.ポズナーが評するようにこの本は素人向けに易しく数式抜きで書いているわけでは決してなく、

むしろ普段から好んでこういう思考スタイルで物事を考えている人間達なのだろうと思う。

理論を追求する人間の知的誠実さを、この本の行間に読まないといけない。



#しかし、こういうタイプの人間をarrogantだと感じる人間もなぜか多いようだが・・。
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