Author Archives: Hazen Hammel

About Hazen Hammel

Lawyer, husband, father, and explorer of ancient intellectual ruins.

The gratitude meme

A meme on social media which I observed this summer involved expressing gratitude. The post instructed the reader to “list 3 things you are thankful for each day for 5 days” or “list 5 things each day for 3 days”. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on political coercion inspired by Martin Luther King

The “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is a response to a statement (called “Call for Unity”) by a group of Alabama clergymen. A large portion of the Letter addresses their calls for moderation, patience and “legal” process towards desegregation. Perhaps the most … Continue reading

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The King Can Do No Wrong: “Development” of a legal doctrine

Before I kick this up to the next level, the “global” level, I should probably say a few words about my previous post, for those of you who didn’t go to law school. I try to make a case for … Continue reading

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Developing Law

I’ve become fascinated with something I call “development”, for lack of a better word, and because I think this word “develop” is fascinating in itself.  The problem for lawyers and judges is interpretation of texts. The invention of the book … Continue reading

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On Allan Bloom and Hobbits

It’s been nearly 25 years since the publication of Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind in 1987. At the time I found it a mix of the sublime and the ridiculous. The ridiculous parts have long since been subject … Continue reading

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The Feuerbach Exchange: an Application

Let’s apply this, shall we? This notion of that God represents humanity’s attempt to understand itself. Rather than rummage through old religious doctrine, let’s examine something political. Just perusing the news of the day, I suppose the issue of contraceptives … Continue reading

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The Feuerbach Exchange, Part Three: On Method

“Don’t we all agree now that Truth is dead?” I refer back to my conversation with my friend the philosophy professor regarding 19th Century theologian Ludwig Feuerbach. Truth-with-capital-T may very well have been gassed and burned at Auschwitz or starved … Continue reading

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