Emory Law Journal


This Essay reflects on Professor Fineman¿s generative scholarship by revisiting my engagement with her work over the years. Such revisiting is, in a sense, an intellectual autobiography, since I trace the shifting areas of concern in my scholarship and the role of various formative influences upon it. Often those influences were in evident, but productive, tension, such as with feminism and liberalism. In this revisiting, I also observe some critical shifts in Fineman¿s own scholarly projects, such as from dependency to vulnerability and from a gender lens to a skepticism about a focus on identities. Another formative influence I discuss in this Essay is Fineman¿s enormously generative contribution to the development of scholarship by creating spaces for sharing and critiquing scholarship, through the FLT Project and, more recently, the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative.