Title

Open Texture and the Possibility of Legal Interpretation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1999

ISSN

1573-0522

Publisher

Springer

Language

en-US

Abstract

This essay concerns the possibility of interpreting law. It is always possible to interpret law in the weak sense, which assigns meaning it is not assumed the law previously possessed. My concern here is interpretation in the strong sense, which, if successful, reveals meaning that lies hidden in the law. Theories of legal interpretation have recently received much theoretical attention. The received theory of law's open texture suggests that this interest is misplaced.

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