The art of application

Above: detail of fresco by Raphael, The School of Athens (1509-11)

Below: from Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life (2015)


“…You’re here because you dream of arguing before the Supreme Court, because you think the real challenge of the law lies in the blank spaces between the lines of the Constitution. But I’m here to tell you – it doesn’t…

… – the Constitution itself is a contract, albeit a malleable contract, and the question of just how malleable it is, exactly, is where law intersects with politics…”


” “Mathematical logic, or pure logic, is essentially a conversation between truths and falsehoods. So for example, I might say to you “All positive numbers are real. Two is a positive number. Therefore, two must be real.” But this isn’t actually true, right? It’s a derivation, a supposition of truth. I haven’t actually proven that two is a real number, but it must logically be true. So you’d write a proof to, in essence, prove that the logic of those two statements is in fact real, and infinitely applicable.”

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