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From Truth to Technique at Trial: A Discursive History of Metavalues in Trial Advocacy Advice Texts

Philip Gaines


This book traces the metavalues of truth and justice as developed in English trial advocacy treatises from 1600 to the late nineteenth century. Key questions addressed include: When lawyers historically have given written guidance to other lawyers about the most effective ways of advocating in court, what do they emphasize? How have advocacy texts incorporated society’s concerns about truth and justice into their advice? Has there been a shift in the balance between discussions of truth and justice and the best techniques for winning cases? Advocacy-advice texts have traditionally intended to ... More

Keywords: trial, advocacy, advocate, advice, manuals, truth, justice, metavalues, persuasion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199333608
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333608.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Gaines, author
Professor and Chair, Department of English, Montana State University