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Sentences, statements, statutes

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The question of how one should interpret a statute turns at least in part on the question of what a statute is. This article considers how the enactment of a statute changes the law and how philosophy of language and the social ontology of legislating inform our understanding of statutes and their interpretation. The article contrasts the ideas of statute as sentence, statute as statement, and statute as choice. I argue that statutes are not mere sentences on which a function is performed....

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Published
Peer review status:
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Law
Sub department:
Law Faculty
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Marcial Pons Librero
Journal:
Analisi & Diritto More from this journal
Volume:
2016
Pages:
321-337
Publication date:
2016-10-01
Acceptance date:
2016-09-24
ISSN:
1126-5779
Pubs id:
pubs:652832
UUID:
uuid:b8345869-65c1-4d95-8f62-d2dfc7a8794f
Local pid:
pubs:652832
Source identifiers:
652832
Deposit date:
2016-10-18

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