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Analysis of the Act of Will, of its Meaning and of its Expression

Hans Kelsen

in General Theory of Norms

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198252177
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681363 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198252177.003.0009
Analysis of the Act of Will, of its Meaning and of its Expression

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The meaning of the act of thought which precedes the act of will representing an act of commanding is not a statement. If the speaker's goal in performing an act of thought is a statement, then the meaning of this statement is to be true, and if the statement is addressed to another person, its meaning is to be considered true by this person. And just as the meaning of an act of commanding has to be distinguished from its content, so the meaning of a statement must be distinguished from its content, from that which is stated.

Keywords: act of will; act of thought; statement; content; meaning; expression

Chapter.  2651 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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