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Metaphor and reason in judicial opinions, Haig Bosmajian

Label
Metaphor and reason in judicial opinions
Title
Metaphor and reason in judicial opinions
Statement of responsibility
Haig Bosmajian
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
While much has been written on the use of metaphor in literature and religion, science and philosophy, few articles and no books have discussed its function in legal opinions. To the public, judges handing down judicial decisions present arguments derived through rational discourse and literal language. Yet, as Judge Richard Posner has pointed out, "rhetorical power counts for a lot in law. Science, not to mention everyday thought, is influenced by metaphors. Why shouldn't law be?" Haig Bosmajian examines the crucial role of the trope--metaphors, personifications, metonymies--in argumentation and reveals the surprisingly important place that figurative, nonliteral language holds in judicial decision making. Focusing on the specific genre of the legal opinion, Professor Bosmajian discusses the question of why we have judicial opinions at all and the importance of style in them. He then looks at specific well-known figures of speech such as the "wall of separation between church and state," justice personified as a female, or the Constitution as "color-blind," explaining why they are not straight-forward statements of legal fact but examples of the ways tropes are used in legal language
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bosmajian, Haig A
Dewey number
  • 349.73/014
  • 347.30014
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
KF211.5
LC item number
.H35 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Judicial opinions
  • Law
  • Civil rights
  • Figures of speech
  • Anglais (langue)
  • Droit
  • Jugements
  • Metapher
  • Rechtsprechung
  • Rechtssprache
  • Amerikanisches Englisch
  • USA
Label
Metaphor and reason in judicial opinions, Haig Bosmajian
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-230) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Functions of the Judicial Opinion -- Style and Tropes -- The Metaphoric "Marketplace of Ideas" -- The Metaphoric "Wall of Separation" between Church and State -- The Metaphoric "Chilling Effect" and Related Tropes -- The Metaphoric "Captive Audience" -- "Shedding" Rights at the "Schoolhouse Gate" and Other Judicial Metonymies -- Personifying Justice, the Constitution, and Judicial Opinions -- Metaphorizing Speech into "Fire" Leading to a "Conflagration"
Control code
24246469
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 240 pages
Isbn
9780809316120
Lccn
91030037
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1455290
Label
Metaphor and reason in judicial opinions, Haig Bosmajian
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-230) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Functions of the Judicial Opinion -- Style and Tropes -- The Metaphoric "Marketplace of Ideas" -- The Metaphoric "Wall of Separation" between Church and State -- The Metaphoric "Chilling Effect" and Related Tropes -- The Metaphoric "Captive Audience" -- "Shedding" Rights at the "Schoolhouse Gate" and Other Judicial Metonymies -- Personifying Justice, the Constitution, and Judicial Opinions -- Metaphorizing Speech into "Fire" Leading to a "Conflagration"
Control code
24246469
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 240 pages
Isbn
9780809316120
Lccn
91030037
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1455290

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