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[New Entry by Mark Greenberg on July 7, 2021.] Legal interpretation involves scrutinizing legal texts such as the texts of statutes, constitutions, contracts, and wills. This chapter introduces the foundational question of what legal interpretation, by its nature, seeks - and competing answers to that question. It goes on to canvas leading substantive theories of legal interpretation and examines in greater depth a few influential theories and difficulties they encounter. Finally, the chapter considers how theories of legal interpretation should be defended and evaluated. 1. Introduction 2. What Legal Interpretation Seeks 2.1 Linguistic Meaning...

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