Legal Interpretation: Broader Perspectives and Private Texts

Hardcover | November 16, 2010

byKent Greenawalt

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Comparative Legal Interpretation focuses on textual interpretation of the law. All law needs to be interpreted, and there are many ways to do it. Greenawalt covers the dominant methods of legal interpretation, explaining their underlying structure and efficacy. But there are other issuesinvolved. Which perspective should we prioritize - the writer or the reader? Should interpretation be abstract or contextual? Should it have a specific aim or a general objective? To answer these tough questions, he explores how interpretive strategies from other disciplines - the philosophy oflanguage, literary and musical interpretation, religious interpretation, and general interpretive theory - can augment and enrich our methods of legal interpretation.

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Comparative Legal Interpretation focuses on textual interpretation of the law. All law needs to be interpreted, and there are many ways to do it. Greenawalt covers the dominant methods of legal interpretation, explaining their underlying structure and efficacy. But there are other issuesinvolved. Which perspective should we prioritize ...

Kent Greenawalt is University Professor of Law at Columbia University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 16, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199756139

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Dimensions of InquiryPart One: Insights from Other Disciplines2. Speaker Intent and Convention; Linguistic Meaning and Pragmatics; Vagueness and Indeterminacy: Three Topics in the Philosophy of Language3. Literary Interpretation, Performance Art, and Related Subjects4. Religious Interpretation5. General Theories of Interpretation6. Starting from the Bottom: Informal InstructionsPart Two: Interpreting Legally Authoritative Texts of Private Individuals7. The Law of Agency8. Wills9. Contracts10. Judicial Alterations of Textual Provisions: Cy Pres and Relatives11. Conclusion and a Comparison