Arguably the greatest living American jurist, Posner exemplifies why one must think about and try to understand cases rather than merely recite them. His opinions find an intersection of pragmatism, moral skepticism, economics, ideology, humor and law. And that is just the starting point. Together we will read and discuss his opinions as well as his other writings and listen to oral arguments before him, applying what we learn to freshly decided cases from various areas of law. The expectation throughout the course is to consider whether, as Posner states, "the rule of law is an accidental and dispensable element of legal ideology."