Law and Language

[Revised entry by Timothy Endicott on April 15, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The use of language is crucial to any legal system, not only in the same way that it is crucial to
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[Revised entry by Timothy Endicott on April 15, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The use of language is crucial to any legal system, not only in the same way that it is crucial to politics in general, but also in two special respects. Lawmakers characteristically use language to make law, and law must provide for the authoritative resolution of disputes over the effects of that use of language. Political philosophers are not generally preoccupied with questions in the philosophy of language. But legal philosophers are political philosophers with a specialization that gives language (and philosophy of language) a...

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