Conceptual Metaphors for an Unfinished Constitution

H. Cyr, "Conceptual Metaphors for an Unfinished Constitution" (2014) 19 Review of Constitutional Studies 1.

35 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2013 Last revised: 10 Jan 2015

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Hugo Cyr

University of Quebec at Montreal

Date Written: November 26, 2013

Abstract

This paper argues that Canadian constitutional culture relies on a general narrative, that the Canadian Constitution is unfinished; a series of conceptual metaphors instantiate this narrative. Each conceptual metaphor frames different conditions — which may or may not be consistent — to justify constitutional practices. Understanding the justifying logic at play gives us the key to a more meaningful comparison between Canadian judicial constitution-making and other forms of constitution-making, both within Canada or in other constitutional orders.

Keywords: Constitutional Law, Constitutional Cultures, Conceptual Metaphors, Narratives, Judicial Constitution-Making, Canada

Suggested Citation

Cyr, Hugo, Conceptual Metaphors for an Unfinished Constitution (November 26, 2013). H. Cyr, "Conceptual Metaphors for an Unfinished Constitution" (2014) 19 Review of Constitutional Studies 1.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2360310 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2360310

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