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Once again, Simon took a more cautious approach. 11. On the incommunicability of the ultimate practical judgment, see Simon's Practical Knowledge, ed. Robert J. Mulvaney (New York: Fordham University Press, 1991), p. 24. 12. , p. 95. 13. , pp. 90-96, 151-52. 14. , p. 97. Here, Simon speculates the hyper-need to achieve consensus about action through rational explanation is due to the breakdown of tradition. 15. See his discussion of necessity and contingency in law in A General Theory of Authority (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1962; repr.
77-100. 4. The New York Times, Saturday, September 7, 1991, A-5. 5. Jane E. Ruby, "The Origins of Scientific 'Law,' "Journal of the History of Ideas, 47 (1986), 341-59. 6. For the clearest contemporary formulation of this position, see H. L. A. Hart, "The Minimum Content of Natural Law," The Concept of Law (Oxford: Clarendon, 1961), pp. 189-95. 7. Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, trans. James W. Ellington (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1981), #421, 30. 8. For a useful survey of deontological approaches to natural law, see Lloyd Page xxxii L.
That is rather naive. This lack of uniformity was well known long, long before what is called modern science came to exist. In fact, modern ethnologists would be rather more critical and skeptical about stories of strange customs than men of antiquity or of the Renaissance. These were eager to believe travellers' stories, which are just as reliable as fishermen's stories. When we hear strange tales about a remote land, we want proof; but for the men of the Renaissance it sometimes seems that no story was too wild to be true.