The first four weeks are devoted to an overview of the history and philosophy of the law of torts. The reading assignments for this phase of the seminar are voluminous. After the first four weeks, each seminar session consists of a line-by-line critique of one important modern law review article. Each member of the seminar is required to read each article very closely before coming to class and then to prepare one difficult question for the critiquer and one for the defender. The articles to be discussed are selected to represent a broad range of methodologies, philosophical positions and topics. The pedagogic strategy is to bring together a small group of students who really have command of the details of a controversial argument about an issue or problem in the law of torts so that they can have a fruitful conversation evaluating the argument.