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Legal Thought: Meaning and Power

Fernanda Pirie

in The Anthropology of Law

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199696840
eISBN:
9780191751110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696840.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter discusses the possibility of considering law as meaning and the apparent alternative of considering law as an aspect of power, and their limitations. The apparent dichotomy between the ... More


Hart as Contextualist? Theories of Interpretation in Language and the Law

Ross Charnock

in Law and Language: Current Legal Issues Volume 15

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199673667
eISBN:
9780191751769
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673667.003.0062
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law, Philosophy of Law

One of the fundamental problems debated in linguistics and law is that of the ‘alleged priority’ of literal interpretation. In the law, there is a clear preference for what is called, vaguely, ... More


Saying What We Mean: Fundamental Structural Language in Contract Law

Martin Hogg

in Comparative Contract Law: British and American Perspectives

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198728733
eISBN:
9780191795480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728733.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law, Law of Obligations

This chapter questions the coherency of the ‘structural language’ that pervades contract law. The taxonomy of contract law’s structural language is not merely a question of style or symmetry; it is a ... More


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