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Meaning, Mind and Law

1st Edition

By Dennis Patterson


378 pages

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Hardback: 9780754627494
pub: 2008-03-27
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In this important collection of papers, Dennis Patterson continues to show the importance of Wittgenstein's thought for problems in legal theory. Ranging across issues in the philosophy of mind to questions of meaning and normativity, this collection of papers is essential reading for anyone with an interest in legal theory.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction; Moral evaluation and conceptual analysis in jurisprudential methodology (with John Oberdiek); Dworkin on the semantics of legal and political concepts; Wittgenstein on understanding and interpretation (comments on the work of Thomas Morawetz); Notes on the methodology debate in contemporary jurisprudence: why sociologists might be interested; Interpretation in law; Fashionable nonsense; Normativity and objectivity in law; Explicating the internal point of view; Langdell's legacy; Wittgenstein and constitutional theory; Conscience and the constitution; Law's pragmatism: a theory of law as practice and narrative; Law's practice; Realist semantics and legal theory; Interpretation in law: toward a reconstruction of the current debate; Name index.

About the Author

Dennis Patterson is Professor in the School of Law at Rutgers University, USA, and is Professor of Jurisprudence and International Trade at the School of Law, Swansea University, UK.

About the Series

Collected Essays in Law

Collected Essays in Law
Each volume in this Collected Essays series brings together a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. The articles are drawn from a wide range of journals, conference proceedings and books. The collections make readily available the authors' own selections of their most important writings on specific themes, together with an introduction which outlines the context of the work and comments on its significance and potential. The collected essays complement each other to give a retrospective view of the author's achievements and a developmental picture of a subject area. Some volumes include critiques of the author's work which have called for a response and other contain previously unpublished essays on the selected subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Jurisprudence