Rejoinder to Professor Spalding, 10 African Law Studies 145 (1974)
Professor Spalding's response to my review is marred by some egregious errors -- e.g., his confusion of the concepts of "hypothesis" and "value," which are used interchangeably and often incorrectly. He also indulges in intemperate and inappropriate language, as I believe a careful reading of my review and his reply will show. I hope, however, that the handful of readers whose interest is piqued by this debate are not simply entertained by its rhetoric, but are moved to go and study Professor Spalding's book. If they do, I would ask them to bear in mind the following statements of value (in the sense of subjective, untestable assumptions and preferences) which I brought to my criticism of his book.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Abel, Richard L., "Rejoinder to Professor Spalding" (1974). Faculty Scholarship Series. 4012.