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Joanne Conaghan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199592920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592920.001.0001

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The Siren Call of Legal Reason

The Siren Call of Legal Reason

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(p.198) (p.199) 6 The Siren Call of Legal Reason
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Law and Gender
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Joanne Conaghan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592920.003.0006

This chapter addresses the following questions: What does it mean to ‘think like a lawyer’? In what sense is lawyering a special or distinct way of thinking or doing? What role, if any, does gender play with respect to ideas of legal reason and modes and techniques of legal reasoning? It argues that while legal reasoning is a loosely structured process, it is characterized far less by logic and far more by evaluation, in which context the room for differences of opinion is considerable, as are the opportunities to determine outcomes in accordance with one's own values and preferences.

Keywords:   legal reasoning, lawyers, thinking, gender

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