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Judicial Fictions

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

Abstract

The chapter purports to provide an example of realistic conceptual analysis and reconstruction concerning one of the most powerful and baffling tools of judicial reasoning: fiction. It moves from an analysis of a few theories of judicial fiction (by Kelsen, Ross, Gottlieb, Schauer, Del Mar), and uses it as the starting point for rational reconstruction. The explanatory claim is put forth according to which the technique of fiction, in those legal cultures that allow it, is typically resorted to in situations where judges (assume to) face an axiological, switchover, gap, and the “bad rule” cannot be set aside by means of ordinary interpretive techniques.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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