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Judging by Consequences

NEIL MacCORMICK

in Rhetoric and The Rule of Law: A Theory of Legal Reasoning

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199571246
eISBN:
9780191713064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571246.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter argues that a certain kind of consequentialist reasoning is of decisive importance in justifying legal decisions. Reasoning about the problems of relevancy and of interpretation, and ... More


What Should We Do about Torture?

James Griffin

in Ethics and Humanity: Themes from the Philosophy of Jonathan Glover

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195325195
eISBN:
9780199776412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325195.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This chapter attempts to clarify the claim that there should be an absolute prohibition against torture. To clarify the claim, it is important to have a clear understanding of what we mean by ... More


Definitions, Ordinary Meaning, and Respect for the Legislature

in The Language of Statutes: Laws and Their Interpretation

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226767963
eISBN:
9780226767987
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226767987.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter considers important statutory interpretation cases as instances of grappling with borderline instances of word meaning. It discusses the differences between the textual and contextual ... More


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