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Justice Scalia and the Art of Rhetoric


Jeffrey M. Shaman


DePaul University - College of Law

September 23, 2011


Abstract:     
This article examines Justice Scalia's judicial opinions from a literary perspective rather than a legal one to demonstrate that he is a master of metaphor and other belletristic flourishes. Focusing on the style rather than the substance of his writing, the article uses examples from various Scalia opinions to illustrate that he wields a wicked poison pen, peppers his opinions with creative lists of examples, and is wont to drop in a bon mot here and there, not to mention an arcane foreign phrase that sends lesser mortals rushing to their Latin, French, or German dictionaries. Along the way, the article reveals some fascinating information about the tropes and allusions that Justice Scalia uses. And between the lines, the article offers criticism of Scalia's conservative philosophy.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: Justice Scalia, Supreme Court, Constitutional Law, Literary Criticism

JEL Classification: K19, K39

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Date posted: September 24, 2011  

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Shaman, Jeffrey M., Justice Scalia and the Art of Rhetoric (September 23, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1932914 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1932914

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Jeffrey M. Shaman (Contact Author)
DePaul University - College of Law ( email )
25 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL Cook County 60604-2287
United States

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