Law and Truth

Paperback | September 1, 1999

byDennis Patterson

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Taking up a single question--"What does it mean to say a proposition of law is true?"--this book advances a major new account of truth in law. Drawing upon the later philosophy of Wittgenstein, as well as more recent postmodern theory of the relationship between language, meaning, and theworld, Patterson examines leading contemporary jurisprudential approaches to this question and finds them flawed in similar and previously unnoticed ways. He offers a powerful alternative account of legal justification, one in which linguistic practice--the use of forms of legal argument--holds thekey to legal meaning.

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Taking up a single question--"What does it mean to say a proposition of law is true?"--this book advances a major new account of truth in law. Drawing upon the later philosophy of Wittgenstein, as well as more recent postmodern theory of the relationship between language, meaning, and theworld, Patterson examines leading contemporary j...

Dennis Patterson is at Rutgers University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.51 inPublished:September 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195132475

ISBN - 13:9780195132472

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Realism, Anti-Realism, and Legal Theory2. Legal Formalism: On the Immanent Rationality of Law3. Moral Realism and Truth4. Legal Positivism5. Law as Interpretation: The Jurisprudence of Ronald Dworkin6. Law as an Interpretive Community: The Case of Stanley Fish7. Truth in Law: A Modal Account8. Postmodern JurisprudenceAfterwordBibliographyIndex

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"...incisive and succinct postmodern critique of contemporary legal theory..."--Ethics