Against Idols: The Court as Symbol-Making or Rhetorical Institution
Marie A. Failinger
Hamline University - School of Law
January 1, 2006
University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 8, p. 367, 2006
Symbolic politics can be quite powerful. This article pursues the question of how the Court signifies itself, how it discovers and enacts the metaphors from which it will play its part in the American political drama aimed at containing some of the nightmares of human existence, while affirming and encouraging the possibilities for human flourishing. Embedded in this inquiry is the question of how the Court can signify itself while still preserving the truth-telling and humility necessary to legitimize Court decisions.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 64
Keywords: Ethics, Truth-telling, humility, symbol, metaphor, idol
Date posted: November 5, 2011
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