Speaking Engagements

Compassion and the Rhetoric of Rules

XXXVII World Congress of the International Society for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy

Gardere Partner Randy D. Gordon will be presenting at the upcoming XXXVII World Congress of the International Society for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) conference at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gordon will participate in the special workshop “Compassion and Legal Reasoning: A Multidisciplinary Workshop” on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31. The workshop will feature a presentation and discussion of Mr. Gordon’s paper titled “Compassion and the Rhetoric of Rules,” where he demonstrates that legal decisions justified under a rule-proof paradigm are often unjust, even though the surface-level reasoning is rhetorically sound.  

The theme for this year’s IVR conference will be “Law, Reason and Emotion.” This topic raises fundamental questions about the nature and purpose of law. While all legal systems claim to serve reason and justice, they must also recognize and respect the emotional basis of human society. This relationship between law, reason and emotion can be presented as a conflict, harmony or otherwise, but will always be present in legal discourse. Papers addressing this theme will reach all aspects of the philosophy of law and social philosophy.

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