Rhetoric, Law and Culture

R321 — Fall 2019

John Arthos
Days and Times
9:30a - 10:45a TR (3 CR)
Course Description

Because classical rhetoric in Greek and Roman times served as the primary education for cit­izen-advocates and legislators, enabling them to argue their cases in court and to interpret the laws of the land, rhetoric has shaped the character of our juris­prudential practice from the very beginning. Judges, attorneys, defendants, experts, and wit­nesses all still deploy the contro­versialist techniques and inhabit the dramatic roles that rhetoric developed as a performative enactment of public truth-seek­ing. This course takes you directly into the day-to-day performance of legal deliberation and judgment by mining the treasure-house of rhe­torical resources that sustain and nurture our jurisprudential practices. A student coming out of this course will develop a better understanding of the origins of our precedent and case-law legal systems, and gain perfor­mative competencies by putting those principles into practice.

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