Law and Rhetoric

Law and Rhetoric

Professor Adrian Vermeule, Professor Jacob Gersen
Spring 2018 seminar
W 3:00pm - 5:00pm in WCC Room 3012
2 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam: None

Law is as much about arguments as about rules. We will study the ancient and modern theory of argumentation -- rhetoric in the broadest sense -- and its applications to law and legal decisionmaking, both in and out of courts. Sources will include Aristotle, Adam Smith, Supreme Court opinions, academic articles and visual art. Students will be expected to write short response papers and to participate in class.

Subject Areas: Legal & Political Theory, Disciplinary Perspectives & Law