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Models of Judgment: Rhetoric and the Public Philosophies of Law

Sery, Joseph (2015) Models of Judgment: Rhetoric and the Public Philosophies of Law. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This project responds to a need for new theoretical tools for understanding law as a site for the intersection of rhetoric and philosophy. In advancing the concept of “models of judgment” as a meta-theoretical approach to the philosophical rhetoric of jurisprudence, I argue that it provides a unique perspective on the rhetorical commitments undergirding prominent judicial theories. Paragons of good judgment crafted by Richard Posner, Martha Nussbaum, and Cass Sunstein are examined, foregrounding their rhetorical character and function.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairLyne, Johnjlyne@pitt.eduJLYNE
Committee MemberMitchell, Gordon Rgordonm@pitt.eduGORDONM
Committee MemberPoulakos, Johnpoulakos@pitt.eduPOULAKOS
Committee MemberRescher, Nicholasrescher@pitt.eduRESCHER
Date: 27 September 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 5 May 2015
Approval Date: 27 September 2015
Submission Date: 15 June 2015
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 386
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Communication: Rhetoric and Communication
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rhetoric, Philosophy, Law, Judgment, Law and Economics, Law and Literature, Deliberative Democracy
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2015 01:55
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2020 05:15


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