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Legal Indeterminacy and Constitutional Interpretation : Law and Philosophy Library - Jose Juan Moreso

Legal Indeterminacy and Constitutional Interpretation

Law and Philosophy Library

Hardcover Published: 30th June 1998
ISBN: 9780792351566
Number Of Pages: 202

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The main purpose of this book is to offer a logical analysis of legal propositions, especially of constitutional propositions. This analysis shows the relationship between truth-conditions of legal propositions and the problem of indeterminacy. Where the law is indeterminate, legal propositions lack truth-values. The background of this approach is the philosophical debate between realism and antirealism. The book deals with the notions of legal norms and legal systems and provides an analysis of the notion of legal indeterminacy and its relation to gaps, contradictions and the vagueness of legal concepts. It shows also that the simple model of a legal system is not sufficient to account for the complexity of legal propositions referring to legal systems of some degree of maturity. Several notions from legal dynamics are presented in order to bring to light the importance of concepts like applicability or hierarchy for the determination of the truth-value of a legal proposition. Thus the primacy of constitution becomes a central idea in the theoretical reconstruction of most contemporary legal systems; a conceptual explanation of this idea is presented and some conclusions from that explanation are drawn. Finally, a particular conception of constitutional interpretation is proposed. Special attention is paid to the relationship between interpretation and legal indeterminacy and, more specifically, to the problem of the discretion enjoyed by the organs entrusted with applying the constitution and also to the several theses that have been discussed controversially in the context of constitutional interpretation, such as the relevance of the intentions for the interpretation of the constitution and for the justification of judicial review.

Introductionp. 1
Legal Norms and Legal Systemp. 3
A Formal Theory of Sense for Prescriptionsp. 21
Relevance, Argumentation and Normative Systemsp. 32
A Logical Analysis of Legal Propositionsp. 47
Appendix: Truth-Conditions and The Logical Analysis of Legal Statementsp. 91
Legal Dynamicsp. 101
The Primacy of the Constitutionp. 117
Constitutional Interpretationp. 131
Bibliographyp. 173
Index of Namesp. 197
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ISBN: 9780792351566
ISBN-10: 0792351568
Series: Law and Philosophy Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 30th June 1998
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.49