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Vagueness in Law

Timothy A. O. Endicott

Abstract

Vagueness leads to indeterminacies in the application of the law in many cases. This book responds to the challenges that those indeterminacies pose to a theory of law and adjudication. The book puts controversies in legal theory in a new light, using arguments in the philosophy of language to offer an explanation of the unclarities that arise in borderline cases for the application of vague expressions. However, the book also argues that vagueness is a feature of law, and not merely of legal language: the linguistic and non-linguistic resources of the law are commonly vague. These claims have ... More

Keywords: indeterminacies, legal theory, adjudication, legal language, justice, vagueness, rule of law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198268406
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268406.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy A. O. Endicott, author
Balliol College, Oxford