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Legal Interpretation: Perspectives from Other Disciplines and Private Texts

Kent Greenawalt

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199756131
eISBN:
9780199855292
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756131.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This book focuses on textual interpretation of the law. All law needs to be interpreted, and there are many ways to do it. The book covers the dominant methods of legal interpretation, explaining ... More


General Theories of Interpretation

Kent Greenawalt

in Legal Interpretation: Perspectives from Other Disciplines and Private Texts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199756131
eISBN:
9780199855292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756131.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter turns from theories of interpretation developed in particular disciplines to general theories. Everyone agrees that legal analysis involves one form (or a number of related forms) of ... More


Intention in Interpretation

Joseph Raz

in Between Authority and Interpretation: On the Theory of Law and Practical Reason

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199562688
eISBN:
9780191705342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562688.003.0011
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter focuses on the role intention must have in the interpretation of legislation. It argues that the doctrine of authority provides the foundation for the role of conserving interpretation ... More


On the Authority and Interpretation of Constitutions: Some Preliminaries

Joseph Raz

in Between Authority and Interpretation: On the Theory of Law and Practical Reason

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199562688
eISBN:
9780191705342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562688.003.0013
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter discusses the authority and interpretation of constitutions. A principle of constitutional theory that commands widespread support says that the principles of constitutional ... More


Why Interpret? 1

Joseph Raz

in Between Authority and Interpretation: On the Theory of Law and Practical Reason

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199562688
eISBN:
9780191705342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562688.003.0009
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter on legal interpretation considers the question: Why is interpretation central to legal practices? After all not all normative practices assign interpretation such a central role. In this ... More


Introduction: Dimensions of Inquiry

Kent Greenawalt

in Legal Interpretation: Perspectives from Other Disciplines and Private Texts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199756131
eISBN:
9780199855292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756131.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to identify the questions that any approach to textual interpretation must answer (explicitly or implicitly), and to show how the ... More


The Italian Style: Interpretation

Michael A. Livingston, Pier Giuseppe Monateri, and Francesco Parisi

Mauro Capelletti, John Henry Meryman, and Joseph M. Perillo (eds)

in The Italian Legal System: An Introduction, Second Edition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780804774956
eISBN:
9780804796552
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804774956.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law

This chapter—arguably the grandest in the book—traces the Italian style as it affects legal interpretation. It describes the difference between the “folklore” of interpretation, under which the judge ... More


Contracts

Kent Greenawalt

in Legal Interpretation: Perspectives from Other Disciplines and Private Texts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199756131
eISBN:
9780199855292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756131.003.0009
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

The law of contracts is a major part of modern private law, and the law's treatment of contracts is the subject of extensive scholarly attention in the United States. This chapter explores questions ... More


Conclusion and a Comparison

Kent Greenawalt

in Legal Interpretation: Perspectives from Other Disciplines and Private Texts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199756131
eISBN:
9780199855292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756131.003.0011
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

The previous chapters looked at the basic components of legal interpretation. These explored how other disciplines might bear on legal texts; what constitutes desirable performance and the meaning of ... More


Interpretation: Pluralism and Innovation

Joseph Raz

in Between Authority and Interpretation: On the Theory of Law and Practical Reason

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199562688
eISBN:
9780191705342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562688.003.0012
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter presents a case for legal innovation and change within a stable, continuous legal framework. It proceeds in two stages. First, it puts the case for innovative interpretation. It shows ... More


Philosophical Foundations of Language in the Law

Andrei Marmor and Scott Soames (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199572380
eISBN:
9780191728914
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572380.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This book brings together the best contemporary philosophical work in the area of the intersection between philosophy of language and the law. Some of the contributors are philosophers of language ... More


Wills

Kent Greenawalt

in Legal Interpretation: Perspectives from Other Disciplines and Private Texts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199756131
eISBN:
9780199855292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756131.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter argues that among written documents with legal authority, the reasons for emphasizing the writer's intent in some form are strongest for wills. Wills resemble a principal's instructions ... More


Toward a Theory of Legal Interpretation

Scott Soames

in Analytic Philosophy in America: And Other Historical and Contemporary Essays

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691160726
eISBN:
9781400850464
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160726.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter is concerned with the content of legal norms governing the interpretation of legal texts by legally authoritative actors in a legal system. As such, a theory of legal interpretation is a ... More


Toward a Cognitive Science of Legal Interpretation

Benjamin Shaer

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/9780199673667.003.0116
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter attempts to make sense of the character of legal interpretation and to assess some of the many claims about how legal interpretation does or should proceed. It sketches a cognitively ... More


Objectivity in Law

Nicos Stavropoulos

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198258995
eISBN:
9780191681899
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258995.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

The question of objectivity in legal interpretation has emerged in recent years as an important topic in contemporary jurisprudence. This book addresses the issue of how and in what sense legal ... More


Democratic Constitutionalism—Kelsen's Theory of Constitutional Review

Lars Vinx

in Hans Kelsen's Pure Theory of Law: Legality and Legitimacy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199227952
eISBN:
9780191711077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227952.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

Kelsen was a fervent advocate of constitutional entrenchment and of constitutional review by a constitutional court. However, Kelsen's theory of legal interpretation and adjudication suggests that ... More


Intention in Interpretation

Joseph Raz

in The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198267904
eISBN:
9780191683404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267904.003.0009
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter is a jurisprudential reflection on intention in legal interpretation. The aim of this chapter is to explore an aspect of legal interpretation, so that the theory of law may be ... More


Interpretation Without Retrieval

Joseph Raz

in Between Authority and Interpretation: On the Theory of Law and Practical Reason

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199562688
eISBN:
9780191705342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562688.003.0010
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

Interpretation involves explaining, showing, or displaying the meaning of the object of interpretation. Interpretation is therefore often thought to be retrieval, a process of retrieving and ... More


Deferentialism: A Post-Originalist Theory of Legal Interpretation

Scott Soames

in Analytic Philosophy in America: And Other Historical and Contemporary Essays

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691160726
eISBN:
9781400850464
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160726.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter begins by articulating the principles underlying the two key dimensions of a new, deferentialist, theory of legal interpretation—the identification of original asserted or stipulated ... More


Incorporation through Interpretation

Tom Campbell

in Sceptical Essays on Human Rights

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199246687
eISBN:
9780191714603
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246687.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

The Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) is widely regarded as a characteristically British compromise between giving human rights more weight in the United Kingdom polity and preserving the constitutional ... More


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