Intention in Interpretation

Joseph Raz

in The Autonomy of Law

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198267904
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683404 | DOI:
Intention in Interpretation

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This chapter is a jurisprudential reflection on intention in legal interpretation. The aim of this chapter is to explore an aspect of legal interpretation, so that the theory of law may be understood. The question, ‘what is the law?’ is very much intertwined with the question of how the law should be interpreted. This chapter does not, however, cover practices of interpretation specific to some legal systems. The chapter presents some of interpretation's general characteristics. There are four elements to be considered as a guide to how interpretation should be understood: interpretation is of an original; an interpretation states the meaning of the original; interpretation is subject to assessment; and interpretation is an intentional act.

Keywords: legal interpretation; legal systems; theory of law; intentional acts; jurisprudence

Chapter.  15914 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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