Becker, Posner and the Purpose of the University

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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  1. Matt says:

    Another fairly obvious reason why more foreign students come to study at American graduate schools than Americans go abroad is that a much higher percentage of college graduates in, say, France or Germany (to use Becker’s example) have sufficent English skills to do graduate work than do American college graduates for work in foreign languages.

  2. John Armstrong says:

    Full disclosure: I am an academic — one of the “intellectuals” Posner disparages — and at an East coast liberal bastion, no less.

    Which is why I argue in support of Summers on the basis of what a university (and “The University” in general) should do: encourage open-minded investigation and academic inquiry of all stripes. Summers asked a perfectly valid question that, as far as I’ve been able to tell even from within the very fields he was talking about, has been given almost no attention. To even suggest that a question is inappropriate is anathema to the true goals of the university, as I see them.