9780195132472

Law and Truth

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  • ISBN13:

    9780195132472

  • ISBN10:

    0195132475

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-10-14
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

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 the world, 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 the key to legal meaning.

Author Biography

Dennis Patterson is Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law, Camden.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Realism, Anti-Realism, and Legal Theory
3(19)
Legal Formalism: On the Immanent Rationality of Law
22(21)
Moral Realism and Truth in Law
43(16)
Legal Positivism
59(12)
Law as Interpretation: The Jurisprudence of Ronald Dworkin
71(28)
Law as an Interpretive Community: The Case of Stanley Fish
99(29)
Truth in Law: A Modal Account
128(23)
Postmodern Jurisprudence
151(30)
Afterword 181(2)
Index 183

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