A Guide to the Perplexed

Academic books usually contain a scholarly apparatus--footnotes, case cites for a law book, sometimes mathematics, in the case of textbooks problems and (sometimes) answers. This apparatus gets in the way when one is simply reading the book. To solve that problem, I have moved the apparatus to cyberspace. Hence this web page.

The version that you are now reading is designed for browsers that do not support frames. It consists of a table of contents page, showing, for each chapter, a list of the page in that chapter. Click on a page, and it will appear. Click on an icon on the page, and the additional material corresponding to that icon will appear.

Most chapters also have a link to a collection of problems, some of them with answers. Most originated as exam problems for courses on the economic analysis of law. Hopefully some readers will find them useful as a way of testing how well they understand the material.

Readers who would like to know more about me may want to take a look at my home page. Readers who would like to propose additional material for the web page, or want to argue with it or the text, are invited to email me.

I am putting this web page up a month or so before the book is expected out, both to help me make sure everything is working and to let other people look at it and make suggestions. Feel free to do so. As you will see, while much of the linked material is there, a considerable amount is still missing. Text in red represents notes to myself about additional material to be added. Hopefully, all of the missing pieces will be there by the time the book actually comes out.


David Friedman


Credits and Apologies

Many of the points made here were contributed by early readers of the manuscript. I am especially grateful to Richard Posner for correcting a considerable number of my mistaken or incomplete views on legal questions. Neither he or anyone other than myself is responsible for such errors as remain.

The icons in the book correspond to the situation at the time the book was produced. In some cases, a book or article that was unavailable online, and so represented as a cite rather than online text, may become available later, in which case (assuming I notice) I will add a link to it. In other cases, I may think of an additional item that should have been marked as an icon in the book, but was not--and add it to the web page.