Selective Reading for Lawyers

  • A slave is a particular species of property : Aristotle - As a slave is a particular species of property, let us by all means inquire into the nature of property in general, and the acquisition of money, according to the manner we […]
  • ABOUT LONDON - LONDON, SEPTEMBER 28, 1872. Reported by Moncure D. Conway in the Cincinnati Commercial. It affords me sincere pleasure to meet this distinguished club, a club which has extended its hospitalities and its […]
  • Beauty as per Khalil Gibran from The Prophet - BEAUTY And a poet said, Speak to us of Beauty. And he answered: Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your […]
  • Beethoven’s Letters to Pastor Amenda - TO PASTOR AMENDA. 2nd January 1800. MY DEAR, MY GOOD AMENDA, MY WARM-HEARTED FRIEND,– I received and read your last letter with deep emotion, and with mingled pain and pleasure. To what […]
  • GERMAN FOREIGN TRADE-Yves Guyot-1906 - a great deal has been made of the industrial development of Germany, and although her imports exceed her exports, those who weigh the balance of commerce are never tired of admiring the increase at each end of the scale; they even go as far as to compare the trade of Germany in 1870 with that of 1904, although since the German Empire only came into existence in 1871 any calculations up to 1880 are quite worthless.
  • Guilt, bad conscience and the like-Nietzsche-1887 - That idea—"the wrong-doer deserves punishment because he might have acted otherwise," in spite of the fact that it is nowadays so cheap, obvious, natural, and inevitable, and that it has had to serve as an illustration of the way in which the sentiment of justice appeared on earth, is in point of fact an exceedingly late, and even refined form of human judgment and inference; the placing of this idea back at the beginning of the world is simply a clumsy violation of the principles of primitive psychology.
  • JUDGMENT: THE INTERPRETATION OF FACTS [BY JOHN DEWEY] - § 1. The Three Factors of Judging Good judgment A man of good judgment in a given set of affairs is a man in so far educated, trained, whatever may be his […]
  • LAWS OF ENGLAND by WILLIAM BLACKSTONE [Selective reading] - PARLIAMENT There is also no doubt but these great councils were held regularly under the first princes of the Norman line. Glanvil, who wrote in the reign of Henry the second, speaking […]
  • Managing Sonia Mino by Narasimha Rao – Extract from ‘Half Lion’ - This was a curious honour for someone even Narasimha Rao privately considered a ‘praise addict’ who was too inexperienced to run India. As we saw earlier, the government even donated 100 crore rupees to the newly formed Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, which was being run by Sonia Gandhi.
  • Mozart on religion - I know that I have so much religion that I shall never be able to do a thing which I would not be willing openly to do before the whole world; only the thought of meeting persons on my journeys whose ideas are radically different from mine (and those of all honest people) frightens me.
  • Mr. Gandhi’s tenacious quest for Hindu-Muslim unity : BY Dr. B. R. Ambedkar 1940 - The Mahomedans started the Khilafat movement in 1919. The objective of the movement was two-fold: to preserve the Khilafat and to maintain the integrity of the Turkish Empire. Both these objectives were unsupportable. The Khilafat could not be saved simply because the Turks, in whose interest this agitation was carried on, did not want the Sultan.
  • OF ELOQUENCE - Those who consider the periods and revolutions of humankind, as represented in history, are entertained with a spectacle full of pleasure and variety, and see with surprise the manners, customs, and opinions […]
  • OF THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT: David Hume - Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and the implicit submission, with which […]
  • OF THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS: David Hume - Nothing is more apt to surprise a foreigner, than the extreme liberty which we enjoy in this country of communicating whatever we please to the public and of openly censuring every measure […]
  • PHILOSOPHIÆ NATURALIS PRINCIPIA MATHEMATICA: Isaac Newton - Extract from Principia : 1726 Edition Published on 1687 AXIOMATA, SIVE LEGES MOTUS [Leges solæ descripta sunt, commentariis prætermissis.] Lex I Corpus omne perseverare in statu suo quiescendi vel movendi uniformiter in directum, nisi […]
  • Plato`s Social Thought: Search of Ideal State - Republic D. The Elite [Book III, Socrates and Glaucon, p. 681] SOCRATES: And not only their [guardians] education, but their habitations, and all that belongs to them, should be such as will […]
  • Reading List For A Lawyer - Law Library Syllabus 2018 1. A Know Nothing (Anonymous) 2. An Address Delivered Before the National Colored Teachers’ Association 3. Arsenal of Democracy 4. Axis of Evil (Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources) 5. […]
  • Rights, Interests, and Values: Roscoe Pound 1958 - Historically law in the second sense precedes these juristic concepts which we reach by analysis and postulate as the logical bases of legal precepts. The logical sequence is interest, right, duty, action, remedy. In order to secure the interest recognized and delimited by the law, it confers a legal right, secured by imposing a corresponding duty.
  • Sense of Duty ought to be the sole Principle of our Conduct : Adam Smith - The common proverbial maxims of prudence, being founded in universal experience, are perhaps the best general rules which can be given about it. To affect, however, a very strict and literal adherence to them, would evidently be the most absurd and ridiculous pedantry. Of all the virtues I have just now mentioned, gratitude is that, perhaps, of which the rules are the most precise, and admit of the fewest exceptions.
  • State Of Germany Until The Barbarians - The most civilized nations of modern Europe issued from the woods of Germany; and in the rude institutions of those barbarians we may still distinguish the original principles of our present laws and manners. In their primitive state of simplicity and independence, the Germans were surveyed by the discerning eye, and delineated by the masterly pencil, of Tacitus, the first of historians who applied the science of philosophy to the study of facts.
  • SYMBOLS AND SACRAMENTS - SYLLABUS: Before any worthy architecture can arise in the modern world the soul must be aroused. Architecture is the concrete presentment in space of the soul of a people. If that soul […]
  • THE ASSERTION OF ISLAMIC LAW IN PAKISTAN - The emergence of Islamic law outside the traditional sphere of family law was not confined to the struggle of the judiciary to contain martial law and military take-overs. Islamic law was also used in attempts to invalidate ordinary laws on the basis of an alleged repugnance to Islam.
  • THE DEVELOPMENT OF DOCTRINAL CHRISTIANITY - Selective reading from : HISTORY OF THE WORLD BY H. G. WELLS IN the four gospels we find the personality and teachings of Jesus but very little of the dogmas of the […]
  • THE ENGLISH CONSTITUTION By Walter Bagehot [Selective reading] - The second period of the British Constitution begins with the accession of the House of Tudor, and goes down to 1688; it is in substance the history of the growth, development, and […]
  • The Generation of “Public Bad” - Failure to produce “public bad” is equivalent to the creation of “public good.” And the failure to provide “public good” is equivalent to the production of “public bad.” The choice between constructions here depends largely on the purpose to be served by analysis and on the relevance to real-world problems. If, as in traditional public-goods theory, the purpose is to explain why market institutions fail and why governmental action may be necessary, attention should be paid to the “public good” that collective action might generate.
  • The Organon: Samuel Hahnemann - The sixth edition of the “Organon” as left by Hahnemann ready for publication, was found to be an interleaved copy of the fifth, the last German edition, published in 1833. In his eighty-sixth year, while in active practice in Paris, he completed the thorough revision of it by carefully going over paragraph by paragraph, making changes, erasures, annotations and additions.
  • The origin of the Gospels has proved a Serbonian Bog - The origin of the Gospels has proved a Serbonian bog, in which many writers who have attempted an explanation have floundered without finding solid ground. Scarcely two writers agree. Why should there be any doubt in a matter of so much importance, where the evidence could so readily be obtained at the time they were written, and so safely guarded and preserved?
  • The principal subjects of education-Thomas Huxley - I am using the term knowledge in its widest possible sense; and the question is, what subjects to select by training and discipline, in which the object I have just defined may be best attained.
  • The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran [Selective Reading] - Freedom And an orator said, Speak to us of Freedom. And he answered: At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom, […]
  • What is Government in general: Gerrard Winstanley 1652 - In the government of a land there are three parts, viz. laws, fit officers and a faithful execution of those laws.