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Meaning in Law: A Theory of Speech

Charles W. Collier


Despite widespread admiration for the First Amendment's protection of speech, this iconic feature of American legal thought has never been adequately theorized. Existing theories of speech proceed on the basis of legal doctrine and judicial decisionmaking, social and political philosophy, or legal and intellectual history. But these are not the disciplines one would most naturally turn to in analyzing speech. This book takes a new and different approach. The book develops a general legal theory of speech on the basis of linguistic theory and the philosophy of language. The opening chapters ret ... More

Keywords: First Amendment Law, First Amendment Theory, Constitutional Law, freedom of speech, freedom of expression, symbolic speech, linguistic theory, semantics, symbols, signs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195388978
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388978.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles W. Collier, author