Sunday June 12th 2011

Thought for the Day

“Generally the theories we believe we call facts,
and the facts we disbelieve we call theories.”

~ Felix Cohen
(1907-1953)



*Felix Solomon Cohen

Born: July 3, 1907 Manhattan, New York
Died: October 19, 1953

An American lawyer and scholar who made a lasting mark on legal philosophy and fundamentally shaped federal Indian law and policy. Cohen became a leading figure in Legal Realism, a legal movement that challenged the Formalist idea that legal principles could be discerned in the abstract, separate from their enforcement, judicial interpretation, or impact on society. Cohen’s most famous contribution to this debate was “Transcendental Nonsense and the Functional Approach,” which ran in the Columbia Law Review in 1935 and remains among the most-cited law review articles ever written.

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