Heracles' Bow: Essays On The Rhetoric & Poetics Of The Law

Paperback | October 15, 1989

byJames B. White

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The law has traditionally been regarded as a set of rules and institutions. In this thoughtful series of essays, James Boyd White urges a fresh view of the law as an essentially literary, rhetorical, and ethical activity. Defining and elaborating his conception, he artfully bridges the fields of jurisprudence, literature, philosophy, history, and political science. The result, a new approach that may change the way we perceive the legal process, will engage not only lawyers and law students but anyone interested in the relationship between ethics, persuasion, and community.

White’s essays, though bound by a common perspective, are thematically varied. Each of these pieces makes eloquent and insightful reading. Taken as a whole, they establish, by triangulation, a position from which they all proceed: a view of poetry, law, and rhetoric as essentially synonymous. Only when we perceive the links between these processes, White stresses, can we begin to unite the concerns of truth, beauty, and justice in a single field of action and expression.

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The law has traditionally been regarded as a set of rules and institutions. In this thoughtful series of essays, James Boyd White urges a fresh view of the law as an essentially literary, rhetorical, and ethical activity. Defining and elaborating his conception, he artfully bridges the fields of jurisprudence, literature, philosop...

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The law has traditionally been regarded as a set of rules and institutions. In this series of thoughtful essays, James Boyd White urges a fresh view of the law as an essentially literary, rhetorical, and ethical activity. Defining and elaborating his conception, he artfully bridges the fields of jurisprudence, literature, philosophy, h...

James Boyd White is L. Hart Wright Professor Emeritus of Law, professor emeritus of English, and adjunct professor of classical studies at the University of Michigan. He has published articles on law, rhetoric, and classical and English literature. White is the author of numerous books, including Living Speech: Resisting the Empire of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 15, 1989Publisher:University Of Wisconsin Press

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ISBN - 10:0299104141

ISBN - 13:9780299104146

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“These lucid, eloquent, and imaginative essays should be read by everyone who cares about the values that underpin our legal tradition. By showing what it means to be committed to a ‘a culture of argument’ Professor White demonstrates the connection between legal and moral experience. And this is done, not abstractly, but by close analysis of classical and modern text. There is a welcome freshness and excitement here, and I can think of no better way of getting a handle of the study of law as a humane discipline.”—Philip Selznick, Emeritus Professor of Law and Sociology, The University of California-Berkeley