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Pragmatics and Law

Philosophical Perspectives

  • Alessandro Capone
  • Francesca Poggi

Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Brian E. Butler
    Pages 1-13
  3. Mario Jori
    Pages 33-60
  4. J. J. Moreso, Samuele Chilovi
    Pages 61-88
  5. Genoveva Martí, Lorena Ramírez-Ludeña
    Pages 121-139
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-267

About this book


This volume highlights important aspects of the complex relationship between common language and legal practice. It hosts an interdisciplinary discussion between cognitive science, philosophy of language and philosophy of law, in which an international group of authors aim to promote, enrich and refine this new debate. 

Philosophers of law have always shown a keen interest in cognitive science and philosophy of language in order to find tools to solve their problems: recently this interest was reciprocated and scholars from cognitive science and philosophy of language now look to the law as a testing ground for their theses.

Using the most sophisticated tools available to pragmatics, sociolinguistics, cognitive sciences and legal theory, an interdisciplinary, international group of authors address questions like: Does legal interpretation differ from ordinary understanding? Is the common pragmatic apparatus appropriate to legal practice? What can pragmatics teach about the concept of law and pervasive legal phenomena such as legal indeterminacy or legal disagreements?


Grice and the law combinatory vagueness in law communication theory of lawmaking defeasibility and pragmatic indeterminacy legal disagreement and new theories of reference legal interpretation legal positivism legal texts and meaning metalinguistic negotiations negative polarity in contractual offers non-literal legislative speech philosophy and legal adjudication philosophy of language and law pragmatic aspects of social intelligence pragmatics and legal adjudication pragmatics of legal discourse pragmatics of meaning and morality rhetorical systems and legal interpretation

Editors and affiliations

  • Alessandro Capone
    • 1
  • Francesca Poggi
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of HumanitiesUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly
  2. 2.Dept. "Cesare Beccaria"University of MilanMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pragmatics and Law
  • Book Subtitle Philosophical Perspectives
  • Editors Alessandro Capone
    Francesca Poggi
  • Series Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-30383-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80796-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-30385-7
  • Series ISSN 2214-3807
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-3815
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 267
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
    Philosophy of Language
    Philosophy of Law
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