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Philosophical Foundations of Language in the Law

Andrei Marmor and Scott Soames


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 who are interested in applying advances in philosophy of language to legal issues, and some of the participants are philosophers of law who are interested in applying insights and theories from philosophy of language to their work on the nature of law and legal interpretation. By making this body of recent work available in a single volume, this book gives both a general overview of the various inter ... More

Keywords: philosophy of language, law, legal interpretation, semantic content, assertive content, presuppositions, pragmatic implicatures, vagueness, inchoate crimes, torture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572380
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572380.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrei Marmor, editor
Professor of Philosophy & Maurice Jones Jr Professor of Law, University of Southern California
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Scott Soames, editor
Director, School of Philosophy, University of Southern California
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