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Law, Language, and Legal Determinacy$
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Brian Bix

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198260509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260509.001.0001

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Michael Moore's Metaphysical Realism

Michael Moore's Metaphysical Realism

(p.133) 5 Michael Moore's Metaphysical Realism
Law, Language, and Legal Determinacy

Brian Bix

Oxford University Press

The metaphysical realism of Michael Moore reviewed language as a path to finding the correct result and held that temptation towards the wrong path must be overcome. Moore's challenge is aimed at legal thinking upon the premise that most of us are terribly misguided, fundamentally mistaken regarding the nature of law, nature of language, and even the nature of reality. The metaphysical realist theory of meaning is based on the idea that a word refers to a natural kind. Under this approach, the use of a word, and the definition we offer for it, will not necessarily be static, but will change our understanding of the object, event, or idea. The chapter discusses the remaining approach, with focus on realism about meaning and Wittgenstein's critique of that position.

Keywords:   metaphysical realism, Michael Moore, realism, law, nature, reality

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