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Academic life contains few pleasures more intense than writing for an audience as astute and as generous as the four commentators to my Brennan Lecture. As this Response demonstrates, I have learned much from them, particularly regarding the logical relationship between the dominant conception and the sociological account. What I chiefly wish to stress, however, is my deepest gratitude for their constructive and discerning insights. Tom Grey, for example, makes an excellent and useful point about the potential tension between the rule of law and what I call in my Lecture the "sociological approach."' Grey is entirely correct to stress that the insights yielded by a sociological apprehension of antidiscrimination law could encourage overly ad hoe and contextualized judgments, which the internal morality of the law ought properly to resist.

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