Some Thoughts on Biography
This introductory chapter explains the rationale behind the present volume, which features a collection of interviews that offer a firsthand account of the movements, personalities, and ideas that animated the author's time at Yale Law School and the legal academy in general during the 1980s, through the lens of some of the era's major figures. This particular decade was chosen because it was an extraordinary period in American legal theory. There were movements formed and intellectual battles waged; there were not only paradigm shifts, but also paradigm proliferation and disintegration. Importantly, this period marked the shift in the legal academy from a largely doctrinally focused enterprise, to an arena in which high-level theoretical and interdisciplinary work thrives. The remainder of the chapter provides an overview of the topics covered during the interviews.
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