Expertise As We Knew It Is Dead, Thank God

But the manner of death of "expertise" isn't what you think or have been told—and moreover, most of the consequences of its demise are robustly generative ones.



The first time I witnessed the simultaneous horror and absurdity of expertise was at Harvard Law School in 1999, when the HLS administration assembled my class of 1L students to hear a panel of legal ethicists unpack some thorny ripped-from-the-news legal hypotheticals. I assumed, as I think did many of my classmates, that the goal of the ex…

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