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Fire, Metaphor, And Constitutional Myth-Making, Robert Tsai Oct 2004

Fire, Metaphor, And Constitutional Myth-Making, Robert Tsai

Robert L Tsai

From the standpoint of traditional legal thought, metaphor is at best a dash of poetry adorning lawyerly analysis, and at worst an unjustifiable distraction from what is actually at stake in a legal contest. By contrast, in the eyes of those who view law as a close relative of ordinary language, metaphor is a basic building block of human understanding. This article accepts that metaphor helps us to comprehend a court’s decision. At the same time, it contends that metaphor plays a special role in the realm of constitutional discourse. Metaphor in constitutional law not only reinforces doctrinal categories ...


The Anglo-American Legal Heritage Introductory Materials, Daniel Coquillette Dec 2003

The Anglo-American Legal Heritage Introductory Materials, Daniel Coquillette

Daniel R. Coquillette

This fascinating book about our legal heritage is copiously illustrated with original materials. From our cultural roots in the Roman law, the Anglo-Saxon dooms, and English feudalism, to modern crises of social revolution and reform. Coquillette's work shows how legal culture is part of what has been called the "seamless web" of history. Most introductory books rely heavily, if not exclusively, on secondary sources. This book, however, provides carefully edited and chosen primary sources and culminates with provocative excerpts of the most recent twentieth century historical criticism. Also included are many useful charts and diagrams, and an extensive bibliography ...