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Legal Interpretation: Perspectives from Other Disciplines and Private Texts

Kent Greenawalt


This book focuses on textual interpretation of the law. All law needs to be interpreted, and there are many ways to do it. The book covers the dominant methods of legal interpretation, explaining their underlying structure and efficacy. But there are other issues involved. Which perspective should we prioritize—the writer or the reader? Should interpretation be abstract or contextual? Should it have a specific aim or a general objective? To answer these tough questions, the book explores how interpretive strategies from other disciplines—the philosophy of language, literary and musical interpr ... More

Keywords: textual interpretation, legal interpretation, writer, reader, contextual, philosophy of languages, literary interpretation, musical interpretation, religious interpretation, general interpretive theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199756131
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756131.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kent Greenawalt, author
Columbia University