Ratio Juris 20 (1):32-44 (2007)

Damiano Canale
Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
In this paper we consider whether a pragmatics of semantic content can be a useful approach to legal interpretation. More broadly speaking, since a pragmatic conception of meaning is a component of inferential semantics, we consider whether an inferentialist approach to legal interpretation can be useful in dealing with some problems of this important aspect of law. In other words, we ask whether Legal Inferentialism is a suitable conception for legal interpretation. In Section 1 we briefly consider the semantics/pragmatics debate in contemporary philosophy of language and in relation to legal interpretation. In Section 2 we discuss the relations between a pragmatics of semantic content and an inferentialist conception of content. In Section 3 we consider how Inferentialism can be applied to legal interpretation. Finally, in Section 4 we consider some possible advantages and drawbacks of Inferentialism applied to legal interpretation and adjudication.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9337.2007.00345.x
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,290
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Meaning and Necessity: A Study in Semantics and Modal Logic.Rudolf Carnap - 1947 - Chicago, IL, USA: University of Chicago Press.
The Concept of Law.Hla Hart - 1961 - Oxford University Press.
Meaning.Herbert Paul Grice - 1957 - Philosophical Review 66 (3):377-388.
Law’s Empire.Ronald Dworkin - 1986 - Harvard University Press.

View all 38 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

What the Legislature Did Not Say.Damiano Canale & Giovanni Tuzet - 2016 - Journal of Argumentation in Context 5 (3):249-270.
Economic Consequences for Lawyers.Fabrizio Esposito & Giovanni Tuzet - 2020 - Journal of Argumentation in Context 9 (3):368-398.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Law, Fact and Legal Language.Lech Morawski - 1999 - Law and Philosophy 18 (5):461-473.
The Pragmatics of Legal Language.Andrei Marmor - 2008 - Ratio Juris 21 (4):423-452.
Semantics, Pragmatics, and the Role of Semantic Content.Jeffrey C. King & Jason Stanley - 2005 - In Zoltan Gendler Szabo (ed.), Semantics Versus Pragmatics. Oxford University Press. pp. 111--164.
Law and Nature.David Delaney - 2003 - Cambridge University Press.


Added to PP index

Total views
54 ( #211,980 of 2,518,791 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #408,070 of 2,518,791 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes