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The Language of Law

Andrei Marmor


The purpose of this book is to employ some of the recent advances in philosophy of language to elucidate some key aspects of legal communication, mostly in the context of statutory law. The book builds on recent work in pragmatics and speech-act theory to explain how, and to what extent, legal content is determined by linguistic considerations. At the same time, the analysis shows that some of the unique features of communication in the legal domain—in particular, its strategic nature—can be employed to put some pressure on certain assumptions in philosophy of language, enabling a more nuanced ... More

Keywords: statutory interpretation, constitutional interpretation, pragmatics in law, implicated content in law, truth in law, vagueness in law, textualism, fictionalism in law, legal content

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714538
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714538.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrei Marmor, author
Professor of Philosophy & Maurice Jones Jr Professor of Law, University of Southern California