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Interpretation

Jeff Mielke

in Introduction to the Problems of Legal Theory

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780198265658
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682919 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265658.003.0006
Interpretation

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This chapter presents the Pure Theory of Law's discussion of the occasion for, and the subject-matter of, interpretation; the relative indeterminacy of the lower level of the legal hierarchy; intended and unintended indeterminacy of the lower level; the norm as frame, encompassing various possibilities for application; the so-called methods of interpretation; interpretation as act of cognition or act of will; the illusion of legal certainty; the problem of gaps, so-called technical gaps; and the legislator's theory of gaps.

Keywords: interpretation; legal hierarchy; indeterminacy; gaps

Chapter.  4979 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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