The Character of Legal Reasoning

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Brett G. Scharffs

Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

Legal reasoning is unique and distinctive. Good legal reasoning is a combination of practical wisdom (phronesis), craft (techne), and rhetoric (rhetorica). When composed harmoniously, these concepts constitute the bedrock characteristics of the good lawyer and judge.

Keywords: legal reasoning, phronesis, practical wisdom, techne, craft, rhetorica, rhetoric, lawyer, judge

Suggested Citation

Scharffs, Brett G., The Character of Legal Reasoning (2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2614136 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2614136

Brett G. Scharffs (Contact Author)

Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School ( email )

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Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
United States

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