• The Metaphorical Bridge Between Law and Religion

    Author(s):
    John Witte, Jr. (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Law, Religion, Jurisprudence
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Robert F. Cochran Jr., Metaphors, Steven Winter, Robert Cover, George Lakoff, Law and Religion, Legal theory
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/vzy3-4k07
    Abstract:
    This Article explores the role of metaphors in shaping our thought and language in general, and in the fields of law and reli- gion in particular. Drawing on modern cognitive theorists like George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, the Article distinguishes and il- lustrates the roles of “orientation,” “structural,” and “ontologi- cal” metaphors in everyday life and language. Drawing on jurists like Robert Cover and Steven Winter, it shows how metaphors work both in describing the law in terms like “the body,” and in prescrib- ing the foundational beliefs and values on which the legal system depends. Finally, the Article explores the ample use of the number three in the law and speculates tentatively whether this legal appe- tite for “triads” might provide traction for the development of a Trinitarian jurisprudence. This Article is dedicated to Robert Cochran, one of the pioneers of law and religion and Christian legal thought in the United States, whose own writings make ample use of metaphors.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 years ago
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