November 3, 2004
Professor Robert Nagel's provocative article, "Law Schools Are Bad for Democracy" was featured on the election day editorial page of the Wall Street Journal. The article examines the relationship between certain aspects of legal education and the mythic status of the 2000 presidential election controversy in Florida. n particular, Nagel points to a tendency in the legal academy to favor idealized constructions over real-life and to confuse the skills of argumentation with morality. He suggests that these tendencies pose a threat to legitimate presidential transitions.
In addition to scholarly books and articles, Nagel regularly writes for popular audiences, most recently in First Things and the Weekly Standard. He was also recently elected to the prestigous American Academy of Arts and Sciences. For that story, click here.