The threefold purpose and structure of this Article is as follows. First, in Part II, before plunging into Judge Posner’s dissenting opinions, I search for a preliminary description of the praxis of modern American dissenting opinion style by drawing upon previous legal scholarship and examples of judicial dissents; this discussion will include an examination of some relevant scholarly writings on opinion style by Judge Rischard A. Posner himself. In Part III, I analyze the published dissenting opinions written by Judge Posner during 1981-1991, evaluating the stylistics of these dissents including his sophisticated use of rhetorical devises. Finally, in Part IV I offer some conclusions about Judge Posner’s early dissenting opinion style, and comment on the implication of my study for understanding the aesthetics of dissenting opinions.

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