Interpretive Games

  • Pierluigi Chiassoni
Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 128)


Which theory of legal meaning (the meaning of legal provisions) is to be deemed adequate from a theoretical standpoint? Several candidates run for the prize. The chapter purports to provide a first line of argument in favour of a construction conception, by arguing against a couple of theories of legal interpretation—the “word-meaning theory” and the “sentence-meaning theory”—worked out by influential legal theorists with an eye to the philosophy of language. In view of casting light on the shortcomings of these theories, it introduces the notion of interpretive game, outlines a general theory of interpretive games, brings to the fore the basic features of the conversational interpretation game, and, finally, compares it with the statutory interpretation game, as a paradigmatic instance of legal interpretation game.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierluigi Chiassoni
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di GiurisprudenzaUniversità di GenovaGenovaItaly

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