• Art
  • Published 2009

Once Upon a Time in Law: Myth, Metaphor, and Authority

@inproceedings{Edwards2009OnceUA,
  title={Once Upon a Time in Law: Myth, Metaphor, and Authority},
  author={Linda H. Edwards},
  year={2009}
}
We have long accepted the role of narrative in fact statements and jury arguments, but in the inner sanctum of analyzing legal authority? Surely not. Yet cases, statutes, rules, and doctrines all have stories of their own. When we talk about legal authority, using our best formal logic, we are actually swimming in a sea of narrative, oblivious to the water around us. As the old Buddhist saying goes, "We don’t know who discovered the ocean, but it probably wasn't a fish."This article teases out… CONTINUE READING

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