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    Legal interpretation and truth.Brian H. Bix - 2022 - Jurisprudence 13 (1):107-112.
    Pierluigi Chiassoni’s wonderful book, Interpretation without Truth,1 is an important and welcome addition to the ongoing conversations about interpretation, legal realism, and legal truth. Chiasson...
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    Raz on necessity.Brian H. Bix - 2003 - Law and Philosophy 22 (6):537 - 559.
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  3. Defeasibility and open texture.Brian H. Bix - 2012 - In Jordi Ferrer Beltrán & Giovanni Battista Ratti (eds.), The Logic of Legal Requirements: Essays on Defeasibility. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Global Error and Legal Truth.Brian H. Bix - 2009 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 29 (3):535-547.
    One standard criterion for there being objectivity in an area of discourse is that there is conceptual space between what someone thinks to be the case and what actually is the case. That is, participants can be mistaken. This article explores one aspect of the objectivity debate as regards law: does it make sense to say that all legal officials or practitioners in a jurisdiction are mistaken (over a significant period of time) about some legal proposition? The possibility of legal (...)
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    Opportunistic Breach of Contract.Francesco Parisi, Ariel Porat & Brian H. Bix - 2024 - Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 37 (1):199-230.
    Law and economics scholarship has traditionally analyzed efficient breach cases monolithically. By grouping efficient breach cases together, this literature treats the subjective motives and the distributive effects of the breach as immaterial. The Restatement (Third) of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment introduced a distinction based on the intent and the effects of the breach, allowing courts to use disgorgement remedies in cases of ‘opportunistic’ breach of contract (i.e., ‘deliberate and profitable’ breaches). In this article, we evaluate this approach, focusing on the (...)
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    Can Theories of Meaning and Reference Solve the Problem of Legal Determinacy?Brian H. Bix - 2003 - Ratio Juris 16 (3):281-295.
    A number of important legal theorists have recently argued for metaphysically realist approaches to legal determinacy grounded in particular semantic theories or theories of reference, in particular, views of meaning and reference based on the works of Putnam and Kripke. The basic position of these theorists is that questions of legal interpretation and legal determinacy should be approached through semantic meaning. However, the role of authority (in the form of lawmaker choice) in law in general, and democratic systems in particular, (...)
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  7. Legal positivism.Brian H. Bix - 2004 - In Martin P. Golding & William A. Edmundson (eds.), The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 29–49.
    This chapter contains section titled: History and Context Clarifications Alternative Legal Positivisms The Rule of Recognition and the Basic Norm The Divisions Within Contemporary Legal Positivism Debates and Distinctive Views Critiques of Legal Positivism Two Critics: Ronald Dworkin and John Finnis Methodological Questions and the Way Forward Conclusion Note References Further Reading.
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    The Promise and Problems of Universal, General Theories of Contract Law.Brian H. Bix - 2017 - Ratio Juris 30 (4):391-402.
    There are a growing number of general theories of contract law and of other doctrinal areas. These theories are vastly ambitious in their aims. This article explores the nature of these claims, and the motivations for offering such theories, while considering the challenges to success. It is in the nature of theorizing to seek general categories, including doctrinal categories, and to try to discover insights that hold across those categories. However, differences both within a doctrinal area and across legal systems (...)
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    David Dyzenhaus, The Long Arc of Legality: Hobbes, Kelsen, Hart.Brian H. Bix - 2022 - Ethics 133 (2):307-310.
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    Alf Ross on the Nature of Law.Brian H. Bix - 2023 - Ratio Juris 36 (1):61-71.
    In his work, On Law and Justice, Alf Ross sought to explain law in scientific/empirical terms, in terms that would require no recourse to what he called “metaphysics” or “idealism.” The result is a sort of translation of legal rules and official actions into propositions of behavior, predictions of behavior, and shared ideology. The present work raises questions about the tensions within Ross's work(s), and discusses the places where Ross's analysis seems to fall short of its ambitions. In the course (...)
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    A Critique of Alexy’s Claim to Correctness.Brian H. Bix - 2020 - Ratio Juris 33 (2):124-133.
    This article offers an overview of the difficulties in Robert Alexy’s idea of law’s “claim to correctness.” The inquiry takes us deep into the nature of simple communication, back out to what it means to have a theory about the nature of law, and also in the direction of wondering about the interaction of legal theory and practical reasoning—reasoning about how we should best act. The article offers reasons to question whether law in fact makes claims, at least in any (...)
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  12. Constitutions, originalism, and meaning.Brian H. Bix - 2011 - In Grant Huscroft & Bradley W. Miller (eds.), The Challenge of Originalism: Essays in Constitutional Theory. Cambridge University Press.
     
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    Contract Rights and Remedies, and the Divergence between Law and Morality.Brian H. Bix - 2008 - Ratio Juris 21 (2):194-211.
    There is an ongoing debate in the philosophical and jurisprudential literature regarding the nature and possibility of Contract theory. On one hand are those who argue (or assume) that there is, or should be, a single, general, universal theory of Contract Law, one applicable to all jurisdictions and all times. On the other hand are those who assert that Contract theory should be localized to particular times and places, perhaps even with different theories for different types of agreements. This article (...)
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    Family Law: Values Beyond Choice and Autonomy?Brian H. Bix - 2020 - Law and Philosophy 40 (2):163-183.
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    Law and Language: How Words Mislead Us.Brian H. Bix - 2010 - Jurisprudence 1 (1):25-38.
    Our world is full of fictional devices that let people feel better about their situation - through deception and self-deception. The legal realist, Felix Cohen, argued that law and legal reasoning is full of similarly dubious labels and bad reasoning, though of a special kind. He argued that judges, lawyers and legal commentators allow linguistic inventions and conventions to distort their thinking. Like the ancient peoples who built idols out of stone and wood and then asked them for assistance and (...)
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  16. Legal philosophy in America.Brian H. Bix - 2008 - In Cheryl Misak (ed.), The Oxford handbook of American philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press.
     
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  17. Reasoning within and about (legal) practices.Brian H. Bix - 2023 - In Thomas da Rosa de Bustamante & Margaret Martin (eds.), New essays on the Fish-Dworkin debate. New York: Hart Publishing, An Imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing.
     
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  18. The nature of legal obligation.Brian H. Bix - 2018 - In Kenneth Einar Himma, Miodrag A. Jovanović & Bojan Spaić (eds.), Unpacking Normativity - Conceptual, Normative and Descriptive Issues. New York: Hart Publishing.
     
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    Shapiro, Scott J. Legality. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011. Pp. 472. $39.95. [REVIEW]Brian H. Bix - 2012 - Ethics 122 (2):444-448.
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    Book ReviewsPeter Cane,. Responsibility in Law and Morality.Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2002. Pp. xii+303. £28.00 ; £18.95. [REVIEW]Brian H. Bix - 2006 - Ethics 117 (1):124-127.
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    Human Rights Through the Legislature: Grégoire Webber, Paul Yowell, Richard Ekins, Maris Köpcke, Bradley W. Miller and Francisco J. Urbina, Legislated Rights: Securing Human Rights through Legislation. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp. 209. $110.00. [REVIEW]Brian H. Bix - 2019 - Law and Philosophy 38 (2):221-225.
    This is a book review of Grégoire Webber, Paul Yowell, Richard Ekins, Maris Köpcke, Bradley W. Miller, and Francisco J. Urbina, "Legislated Rights" (Cambridge U. Pr., 2018).
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    Reason, Morality, and Law: The Philosophy of John Finnis, edited by John Keown and Robert P. George. [REVIEW]Brian H. Bix - 2015 - Mind 124 (496):1309-1312.
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