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
Date Written: November 26, 2013
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
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