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About Ward Farnsworth
Farnsworth is the author of books on law, philosophy, rhetoric, and chess. He also has published scholarly articles on the economic analysis of law, constitutional law, statutory interpretation, jurisprudence, and cognitive psychology. He serves as Reporter for the American Law Institute's Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm.
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“Farnsworth beautifully integrates his own observations with scores of quotations from Epictetus, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Montaigne and others. This isn’t just a book to read—it’s a book to return to, a book that will provide perspective and consolation at times of heartbreak or calamity.”—The Washington Post
See more clearly, live more wisely, and bear the burdens of this life with greater ease—here are the greatest insights of the Stoics, in their own words. Presented in twelve lessons, Ward Farnsworth systematically presents the heart of Stoic philosophy accompanied by commentary that is clear and concise.
A foundational idea to Stoicism is that we appear to go through life reacting directly to events. That appearance is an illusion. We react to our judgments and opinions—to our thoughts about things, not to things themselves. Stoics seek to become conscious of those judgments, to find the irrationality in them, and to choose them more carefully.
In chapters including Emotion, Adversity, Virtue, and What Others Think, here is the most valuable wisdom about living a good life from ages past—now made available for our time.
There are two kinds of knowledge law school teaches: legal rules on the one hand, and tools for thinking about legal problems on the other. Although the tools are far more interesting and useful than the rules, they tend to be neglected in favor of other aspects of the curriculum. In The Legal Analyst, Ward Farnsworth brings together in one place all of the most powerful of those tools for thinking about law.
From classic ideas in game theory such as the “Prisoner’s Dilemma” and the “Stag Hunt” to psychological principles such as hindsight bias and framing effects, from ideas in jurisprudence such as the slippery slope to more than two dozen other such principles, Farnsworth’s guide leads readers through the fascinating world of legal thought. Each chapter introduces a single tool and shows how it can be used to solve different types of problems. The explanations are written in clear, lively language and illustrated with a wide range of examples.
The Legal Analyst is an indispensable user’s manual for law students, experienced practitioners seeking a one-stop guide to legal principles, or anyone else with an interest in the law.
“An original and absorbing guide to English style. Get it if you can.”—Wall Street Journal
Say it with style—on paper or in person. This book explains why the best writing sounds that way, with hundreds of examples from Lincoln, Churchill, Douglass, and other masters of the language. As Farnsworth says, “Explaining a precept may take just a few words, but only examples can make it familiar to the ear. So we will consider examples from writers and orators who all have lessons to teach.”
Farnsworth shows how small choices about words, sentences, and paragraphs put force into writing and speech that have stood the test of time. What was the secret? Knowledge of choices in the selection of words, the arrangement of sentences, the creation of a cadence. Now that knowledge can be yours through hundreds of examples of the very best use of rhetorical devices, classical cadence patterns, hyperbole and much more.
This is must for anyone who wants to speak or write with clear, persuasive, enjoyable, unforgettable style. “A storehouse of effective writing, showing the techniques you may freely adapt to make music of your own.”—The Baltimore Sun
Make your writing and speech shine like the sun! Here’s the most entertaining and instructive book about both enlivening and clarifying communication with the art of comparison. “Ward Farnsworth is a witty commentator…It’s a book to dip in and savor.”—The Boston Globe.
The author of Farnsworth’s Classical English Style and Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric now provides a wide-ranging, practical, tour of metaphors, arranged by theme. Chapters include Sources & Uses of Comparisons, The Use of Nature to Describe Abstractions, Extreme People & States, Circumstances, Personification, and The Construction of Similes.
Using hundreds of examples, Farnsworth demonstrates all the different stylistic ways that points can be unforgettably made. There are quotations from novelists, poets, playwrights, philosophers, and orators—along with commentary on how and why they work to bring power to words both in person and and on paper.
Farnsworth shows how the best writers have put figurative comparisons to distinctive use—for the sake of caricature, to make an abstract idea visible, to make a complicated idea simple. Writers and speakers, this book will make you a star.
In Restitution, Ward Farnsworth presents a guide to this body of law that is compact, lively, and insightful—the first treatment of its kind that the American law of restitution has received. The book explains restitution doctrines, remedies, and defenses with unprecedented clarity and illustrates them with vivid examples. Farnsworth demonstrates that the law of restitution is guided by a manageable and coherent set of principles that have remarkable versatility and power. Restitution makes a complex and important area of law accessible, understandable, and interesting to any reader.
The unique approach of Torts: Cases and Questions, Third Edition, by Ward Farnsworth and Mark F. Grady provides extraordinary teaching cases that are presented concisely and positioned in tandem, challenging students to compare the cases and draw connections and distinctions between them. Teachers across the country enjoy the lively and instructive classroom experience promoted by this fresh and innovative format.
New to the Third Edition:
- A more streamlined presentation that removes some inessential material and makes coverage easier
- New material from the Third Restatement of Torts
- Additional chapters from the earlier edition available for free to download, distribute, and use as you like
Professors and students will benefit from:
- An exceptionally strong collection of cases arranged in pairs that challenge students to explain the distinctions between them
- Logical organization that starts with intentional torts
- A balance of classic and contemporary cases chosen to stimulate active student engagement
- Intermediate cases—shorter than principal cases, but presented in enough detail to support great class discussions
- Problems integrated throughout the book that help students apply new concepts and prepare for exams
- A compatible pedagogical approach that supports a variety of teaching objectives
- An extensive Teacher’s Manual that offers hundreds of interesting questions and answers suitable for classroom use
Teaching materials include:
- Teacher’s Manual
- Online-only chapters on Defamation, Invasion of Privacy, and Nuisance
The purchase of this Kindle edition does not entitle you to receive access to the online e-book, practice questions from your favorite study aids, and outline tool available through CasebookConnect.