Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by David H. Burton

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SOURCE: "Understanding The Common Law," in Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.What Manner of Liberal?, edited by David H. Burton, Robert E. Krieger Publishing Company, 1979, pp. 13-20.

In the following essay, Burton outlines Holmes's major points in The Common Law.

In the opening sentence of the great book Holmes spoke his objective: "to present a general view of the Common Law." He proposed a methodology: "We must alternately consult history and existing theories of legislation." And finally he stated his purpose: To understand the law, for while today "there are a great many rules which are quite sufficiently accounted for by their manifest good sense, . . . there are some which can only be understood by reference to the infancy of procedure among the German tribes, or to the social condition of...

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