Notre Dame Law Journal of Legislation to Publish Recent Grad’s Paper

September 1, 2016

lincoln_charles_720Charles Lincoln ’16 has accepted an offer from the Journal of Legislation at Notre Dame Law School to publish his article, “A Platonic Interpretation of the United States Constitution.”

“There were several other offers, but I ended up with this one,” Lincoln said.

The major premise of the article is the three part system of the Platonic soul (eros, thymus, logos). The article then lays out the minor premise, the generally accepted division of the three part system of the United States federal government (legislative, executive, and judicial).

“The gist of the article is the syllogism of superimposing the two on each other,” he said.

The inspiration of the article came from his undergrad study of philosophy and Ancient Greek.

“It was a lot of fun writing it from citing some of the original Greek and problems of translation to the writings of the U.S. Founding Fathers and recent Supreme Court cases interpreting executive power and the like,” he said.

While he admits a big part of his experience from college is with philosophy, he is currently enrolled in an LL.M. program at the University of Amsterdam to continue his studies in international tax law.

“I am extremely interested in tax law and how it plays out on the international scale,” he said. “I hope to continue publishing on philosophy and law but also international tax and law soon too!”

This publication acceptance is nothing new for Lincoln. Last year, he received several offers for his article, “Hegelian Dialectical Analysis of United States Election Laws.” He selected the University of Dayton Law Review for its publication.

- Article by Jennifer Nassar, Communications Specialist, Texas A&M University School of Law