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PISSING ON THE PITHY

FALSE APHORISMS: A PREFACE Almost all aphorisms--pithy sayings that are intended to dispense wisdom--are false, misleading, actually unwise, and quite often dangerous. One can be inspired to do the wrong thing, make a mistake, or turn down the wrong road....

BULLSHIT FOR LAWYERS–A PHILOSOPHICAL GUIDE

ON BULLSHIT: A SHORT AND VIVID TREATISE FOR LAWYERS Michael Sean Quinn* Harry G. Frankfurt, a distinguished writer and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University wrote a very short book in 2005 entitled ON BULLSHIT. It was quite popular as philosophy...

LAWYERS, SELF-EXPLORATION, SPIRITUAL DEPTH, AND THE GOODNESS OF INEQUALITY

on inequality* Michael Sean Quinn**             The title of this blog-essay is also the title of a book by Harry G. Frankfurt, one of the most interesting and readable social and ethics philosopher of the later...

LAWYER VIOLENT CRIME

FAMILY VIOLENCE Michael Sean Quinn* A New York personal injury (and maybe probate) litigator who lived in Fairfield Connecticut had spent his off duty time beating and stabbing members of his family. Some of the beatings were done with a baseball bat, apparently. At...

Cicero’s Axiom of Advocacy

A CICERONIAN AXIOM Michael Sean Quinn* Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC) aka Cicero, one of history's greatest lawyers, as well as one of the top 10 orators of Western Civilization, one of the top 50 philosophers thereof, and one of its top 100 constitutionist...

LOVE, LAWYERS, AND LAW

LOVING TRUTH AND LOVING LAWYERING Michael Sean Quinn*             One of the most significant American philosophers of the late Twentieth Century and on into the early 21st Century is Harry G. Frankfurt.  His...

LAWYERS AS ASSHOLES

Assholes: What Are They? Michael Sean Quinn* "ASSHOLES: A THEORY" is the title of a short book by Aaron James, a professor of philosophy at the University of California Irvine. He published it in 2012 (Doubleday). It is a significant effort in what might be called...

Same Sex Marriage, Human Dignity, and Contemporary Constitutional Law

DISGRACEFUL DISSENTING OPINION ON DIGNITY Michael Sean Quinn* Whether gay men, lesbian women, or anyone else, for that matter,  have a right to same sex marriage was resolved by the Supreme Court of the United States and was determined in the affirmative earlier...

Lawyer Advertising of Family Lawyers in Texas

AN ATTORNEY AD AND A BRIDES' MAGAZINE Michael Sean Quinn* There are "brides magazines" everywhere.  They are glossy paged journals mostly advertising expensive dresses worn by beautiful and gleaming models, outfits for grooms, related costumes for...

Lusitania Disaster, Probate Law–Fowles’ Will, & the Cardozo Court

Lusitania Litigation and Charles Fowles’s Will: The Cardozo Decision of the New York Court of Appeals-- Part VIII.E Michael Sean Quinn, Ph.D., J.D. (See below)...
PISSING ON THE PITHY

PISSING ON THE PITHY

FALSE APHORISMS: A PREFACE Almost all aphorisms--pithy sayings that are intended to dispense wisdom--are false, misleading, actually unwise, and quite often dangerous. One can be inspired to do the wrong thing, make a mistake, or turn down the wrong road....

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Mistakes always involve being wrong in some way. This proposition may be an analytic truth or even a tautology. A mistake is not always a bad thing. A mistake is often a better learning tool than getting something right. Some mistakes, properly appreciated, are very educational. (It is hard to see how this idea “works” in representing a client.  The usual route of always explaining everything to the client will probably not work here.  Indeed, the idea involves an obvious paradox.~Michael Sean Quinn, PhD, JD, CPCU, Etc.Tweet

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