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Called by Stories

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Milner S. BallHarmon W. Caldwell Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Georgia, USA

ISBN13: 9780822325246
ISBN: 0822325241
Published: June 2002
Publisher: Duke University Press
Format: Paperback
Price: £19.99

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An examination of great sagas and tales from the Bible and the light they shed on the practice of law and on the meaning of a life lived in the legal profession. Scholars and laypersons alike typically think of the law as a discipline dominated by reason and empirical methods. Milner S. Ball shows that many of the dilemmas and decisions that legal professionals confront are more usefully approached through an experience of narrative in which we come to know ourselves and our actions through stories.;He begins with the story of Moses, who is obliged both to speak for God and to advocate for the Hebrews before God. What, asks Ball, does Moses' predicament say to lawyers professionally bound to zealous representation of only one client? In the story of Rachel, Ball finds insights that comprehend the role of tears and emotion in the judicial process. In a discussion of ""The Gospel According to John"", Ball points out that the writer of this gospel is free simultaneously to be critical of law and to rely extensively on it. He uses this narrative to explore the boundaries of free will and independence in lawyering. By venturing into the world of powerful events and biblical characters, the work seeks to enable readers to contest their own expectations and fundamental assumptions.

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