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Contribution to Book
The Modalities of Constitutional Argument: A Primer
Readings in Persuasion: Briefs That Changed the World (2012)
  • Ian C Bartrum
Abstract

This piece is a contribution to Linda Edwards upcoming book Readings In Persuasion: Briefs That Changed the World (forthcoming Wolters Kluwer). In it I offer a short primer on the modalities of constitutional argument, as Philip Bobbitt has described them. As someone who teaches Constitutional Law with the primary goal of educating future practitioners, I have always brought Bobbitt’s very practical (while also very theoretical) work into my classroom discussions. I have regularly used the first chapter of Bobbitt’s Constitutional Interpretation as introductory text on the subject, but I have sometimes found the reading to be too long and/or theoretical for first year students. With this in mind, I hope this primer can be a valuable contribution to the practical literature on constitutional argument.

Keywords
  • Bobbitt,
  • Modalities,
  • Wittgenstein,
  • Argument,
  • Bartrum
Publication Date
2012
Editor
Linda Edwards
Publisher
Wolters Kluwer
Citation Information
Ian C Bartrum. "The Modalities of Constitutional Argument: A Primer" Readings in Persuasion: Briefs That Changed the World (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ian_bartrum/14/