Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. | Critical Essay by G. Edward White

This literature criticism consists of approximately 55 pages of analysis & critique of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr..
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Critical Essay by G. Edward White

SOURCE: "The Integrity of Holmes' Jurisprudence," in Intervention and Detachment: Essays in Legal History and Jurisprudence, Oxford University Press, 1994, pp. 75-99.

In the following essay, White addresses apparent contradictions in Holmes's judicial actions and writings.

Writing about Oliver Wendell Holmes can be likened to playing Hamlet in the theatre: it is a kind of apprenticeship that legal scholars undertake as a way of measuring their fitness to endure the academic travails ahead. Holmes himself engaged in a similar rite of passage when he wrote an essay on Plato as a Harvard undergraduate. Plato's thought, Holmes claimed, "needed a complete remodeling"; Holmes' generation "start[ed] far beyond the place where Plato rested."1 Ralph Waldo Emerson, to whom Holmes showed a draft of his essay, suggested that "[w]hen you strike at a king, you must kill him."2 The urge...

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