Interpretation without Truth

A Realistic Enquiry

  • Pierluigi¬†Chiassoni

Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 128)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 267-279

About this book


This book engages in an analytical and realistic enquiry into legal interpretation and a selection of related matters including legal gaps, judicial fictions, judicial precedent, legal defeasibility, and legislation. Chapter 1 provides an outline of the central theoretical and methodological tenets of analytical realism. Chapter 2 presents a conceptual apparatus concerning the phenomenon of legal interpretation, which it subsequently applies to investigate the truth-in-legal-interpretation issue. Chapters 3 to 6 argue for a theory of legal interpretation - pragmatic realism - by outlining a theory of interpretive games, revisiting the debate between literalism and contextualism in contemporary philosophy of language, and underscoring the many shortcomings of the container-retrieval view and pragmatic formalism. In turn, Chapter 7, focusing on comparative legal theory, advocates an interpretation-sensitive theory of legal gaps, as opposed to purely normativist ones. Chapter 8 explores the connection between judicial reasoning and judicial fictions, casting light on the structure and purpose of fictional reasoning. Chapter 9 provides an analytical enquiry into judicial precedent, examining a variety of ideal-typical systems in terms of their normative or de iure relevance. Chapter 10 addresses defeasibility and legal indeterminacy. In closing, Chapter 11 highlights the central tenets of a realistic theory of legislation.


Analytical Scepticism Analytical legal theory Civil Law, Common Law, and Legal Gaps Container-Retrieval View Defeasibility in law Interpretation without Truth Interpretive Games Judicial precedent Legal Interpretation Legal gaps Linguistic Contextualism Milestones in XIXth Century Continental Methodology Philosophy of Precedent Roots of Juristic Formalism Statutory Interpretation Theory of Legal Interpretation

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  • Pierluigi¬†Chiassoni
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di GiurisprudenzaUniversità di GenovaGenovaItaly

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