Post-Gricean Implicature Theories and Their Relevance for the Legal Realm

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


In this chapter, I deal with certain influential neo-Gricean theories. These are theories that discuss Paul Grice’s idea of the maxims of conversation. I show how the four Gricean maxims can be reduced to fewer rules of this type: the Q and R principles proposed by L. Horn. I also argue that some theories that reduce the number of maxims, such as Relevance Theory, cannot be applied to the legal realm. Finally, I show that the theory I sketched in the second chapter is applicable regardless of the content or number of maxims we postulate at the ‘first’ level.


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  • 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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