Pragmatics and Law

Practical and Theoretical Perspectives

  • Francesca Poggi
  • Alessandro Capone

Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Pragmatics and Legal Interpretation

  3. Pragmatics and Legal Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Alessio Sardo
      Pages 243-271
    3. Pompeu Casanovas, Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel, Jorge González-Conejero
      Pages 293-330
  4. Pragmatics and Legal Adjudication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Louise Cummings
      Pages 349-377
    3. Federico José Arena
      Pages 379-399
    4. Sune Sønderberg Mortensen, Janus Mortensen
      Pages 401-437
  5. Francesca Poggi, Alessandro Capone
    Pages E1-E1
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 469-476

About this book


This volume is the second part of a project which hosts an interdisciplinary discussion about the relationship among law and language, legal practice and ordinary conversation, legal philosophy and the linguistics sciences. An international group of authors, from cognitive science, philosophy of language and philosophy of law question about how legal theory and pragmatics can enrich each other.

In particular, the first part is devoted to the analysis of how pragmatics can solve problems related to legal theory: What can pragmatics teach about the concept of law and its relationship with moral, and, in particular, about the eternal dispute between legal positivism and legal naturalism? What can pragmatics teach about the concept of law and/or legal disagreements?

The second part is focused on legal adjudication: it aims to construct a pragmatic apparatus appropriate to legal trial and/or to test the tenure of the traditional pragmatics tools in the field. The authors face questions such as: Which interesting pragmatic features emerge from legal adjudication? What pragmatic theories are better suited to account for the practice of judgment or its particular aspects (such as the testimony or the binding force of legal precedents)? Which pragmatic and socio-linguistic problems are highlighted by this practice?


Evidencial sources in law Legal adjudication Legal naturalism Legal positivism Pragmatic disorders in forensic settings Pragmatics and legal theory Pragmatics of legal practice Theory of legal interpretation

Editors and affiliations

  • Francesca Poggi
    • 1
  • Alessandro Capone
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of “Cesare Beccaria” Section of Philosophy of LawUniversity of MilanMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of HumanitiesUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-44599-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-44601-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-3807
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-3815
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