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By Matthew Kramer, N. E. Simmonds, Hillel Steiner

This number of essays varieties a full of life debate over the elemental features of felony and ethical rights. The essays research even if rights essentially defend contributors' pursuits or whether or not they as an alternative essentially let contributors to make offerings.

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In Lawrence, the High Court invalidated a Texas law that banned only same-sex sodomy, reasoning that it unjustifiably encroached upon the right to liberty. Ω His terminology is effective and eminently quotable precisely because it cuts to the quick. According to the ‘‘gestalt’’ or ‘‘frame of understanding’’ activated by the metaphor, politics is a bloody affair, especially when controversial social questions are involved. The framing of the legal dispute in these terms implicitly treats homosexuality not as a personal trait but rather as a ‘‘cultural’’ choice subject to social control.

Instead, it is more accurate to treat them as representing different facets of a single process that produces civic meaning. The interaction of different domains of knowledge creates a particular set of connotations and, therefore, new points of contact between sources of knowledge that did not previously exist. It is also true that the composition imparts information by encouraging a person to interiorize the ideas presented. The aural-visual-relational features of language merge into a participatory dimension.

In this endeavor, the mores that govern a people’s discursive interactions, the memory of past historical events, and the prevailing ethos all provide overlapping constraints on rhetorical experimentation. Whether a presentation of law successfully instructs, stimulates, or convinces one’s fellow citizens can be answered only in part by resorting to expectations of how debate should proceed. The rest of the answer must be found in how receptive others are to the message and whether their sympathies, in turn, are translated into word and deed.

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