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Justice Scalia: Rhetoric and the Rule of Law

Brian G. Slocum and Francis J. Mootz III


Justice Scalia: Rhetoric and the Rule of Law offers a novel collection of interrelated and interdisciplinary essays by a diverse and impressive group of scholars that discuss the rhetoric of the late Justice Antonin Scalia as it relates to the rule of law. Justice Scalia authored numerous opinions during his thirty years as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Justice Scalia was well known for his vigorous advocacy in favor of an “originalist” or “new textualist” approach to legal interpretation. His fame came in part from a number of stinging dissents criticizing the Court’s jurisprudentia ... More

Keywords: constitutional law, philosophy, law and language, pragmatics, semantics, linguistics, statutory interpretation, originalism, philosophy of language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226601656
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226601793.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian G. Slocum, editor
University of the Pacific

Francis J. Mootz III, editor
University of the Pacific

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Front Matter


Francis J. Mootz III and Brian G. Slocum

Part 1 The Rhetoric of Constitutional Adjudication

3 Power

Victoria Nourse

Part 2 The Rhetoric of Statutory Textualism

4 No Vehicles on Mars

Brian G. Slocum

5 The Two Justice Scalias

Lawrence M. Solan

Part 3 Applied Rhetorical Theory

10 No Reasonable Person

George H. Taylor, Matthew L. Jockers, and Fernando Nascimento

Part 4 Rhetorical Criticism of Heller

12 Guns and Preludes

Eugene Garver

Part 5 The Rhetoric of the Past