“Afterword: Posner at 75 — ‘It’s My Job.'”


I have followed Professor Ronald K.L. Collins’ posts on Judge Posner and urged you, the readers, to do so too. Collins’ last post is up, and to my mind it is the best and most informative. If you haven’t read any of the other posts, you must read this last one.


Professor Collins’ skills as a writer, as an analyst of the human condition, as one intimately familiar with the great literature that illuminates this veil of tears, as a wily interrogator of an elusive witness and as a worthy interlocutor of Judge Posner are unmatched. Collins is an intellectual wonder just like his subject.

To understand Posner, consider this from Collins. Posner does what he does because: “‘It’s my job.'” Nothing more complex than that simple description except, that is, if you have ever read Albert Camus.

In prettier words, “‘I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe. – Albert Camus (1942).'” I suggest an additional explanation from Camus apropos of Posner. “The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays.

Or, as Posner might say as he strokes his cat, “Whatever.”


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