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Book Review


Book Review: Law and Social Action: Selected Essays, 13 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 611 (1952)


Adam, the baby, and the man from Mars, as a distinguished philosopher
once observed, are the three figures to whom our western society has most
often turned in seeking a fresh and unprejudiced appraisal of its distinctive
institutions. For the rest of us, most established practices are accepted uncritically
because long familiarity and the normative force of the actual
blind us to possible alternatives. We in America have been particularly
fortunate in having received upon our shores a succession of itinerant observers
whose freshness of approach to our scenes was strengthened by a
vivid awareness of scenes in other plays. To the company of Las Casas,
De Tocqueville, Lord Bryce, Andr6 Siegfried, and many others, not all of
whom returned from what they found, there must now be added the gallant
figure of Alexander Pekelis.

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government, society, law