The Strategic Principle and the Maxim of Selectivity

  • Izabela Skoczeń
Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 127)


In this chapter I provide an outline of the classical Gricean theory of implicatures, outlining the points in which it is not applicable to the legal realm. Next, I give an account of theories that have tried to modify the Gricean picture to fit it to the legal realm. The most important of them is Andrei Marmor’s account of ‘strategic speech’. I try to illustrate how Marmor’s account could profit from some modification so as to form an even broader explanatory theory of the legal discourse. Finally, I propose a second-order, strategic framework that explains linguistic exchanges in the realm of law.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Izabela Skoczeń
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  1. 1.Department of Legal Theory and Jagiellonian Centre for Law, Language and PhilosophyJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

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