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Interpretation and Meaning in the Renaissance : The Case of Law - Ian Maclean

Interpretation and Meaning in the Renaissance

The Case of Law

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This book investigates theories of interpretation and meaning in Renaissance jurisprudence. How do they relate to the institutions of the law, especially pedagogical institutions? What characterizes the most commonly adopted theories of the legal profession? In what form were they published? How do they relate to modern canons of interpretation found in the trivium of grammar, dilaectics and rhetoric? In what ways, if any, do they mark a departure from medieval approaches? How do they relate to modern canons of interpretation? And how do they relate to similar issues in modern semantics and the philosophy of language, such as speech act theory or the 'logic of the supplement'? An answer to these questions is sought through an investigation of Renaissance problems concerning the authority of interpreters, the questions of signification, definition, verbal propriety and verbal extension, the problem of cavillation, the alternative interpretative strategies of ratio legis and mens legislatoris, the performative functions of language, and custom and equity as means of interpretation.

'Maclean provides an excellent introduction to the Humanist movement in legal studies, and its relationship with what went before and what came after. He deserves an audience in the schools of law, semantics and history; a truly Renaissance achievement.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'Maclean has written a remarkably learned and penetrating study of legal interpretation ...' Brian Vickers, Times Literary Supplement

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on the presentation of the text
Introduction
Contexts
Interpretation and the arts course
Theories of interpretation and meaning
Parallels and examples
Conclusion
Bibliography of primary sources
Index of citations from the Corpus Juris Civilis
Index of names
Index of terms
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521415460
ISBN-10: 0521415462
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 27th March 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.55