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Legal Intellectuals in ConversationReflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory$
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James R. Hackney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814737071

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814737071.001.0001

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Some Thoughts on Biography

(p.1) Introduction
Legal Intellectuals in Conversation

James R. Hackney

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   American legal theory, 1980s, interviews, legal experts, legal profession, legal academy, Yale Law School

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