This book investigates theories of interpretation and meaning in Renaissance jurisprudence. How do they relate to the institutions of the law, especially pedagogical institutions? What characterizes the most commonly adopted theories of the legal profession? In what form were they published? How do they relate to modern canons of interpretation found in the trivium of grammar, dilaectics and rhetoric? In what ways, if any, do they mark a departure from medieval approaches? How do they relate to modern canons of interpretation? And how do they relate to similar issues in modern semantics and the philosophy of language, such as speech act theory or the 'logic of the supplement'? An answer to these questions is sought through an investigation of Renaissance problems concerning the authority of interpreters, the questions of signification, definition, verbal propriety and verbal extension, the problem of cavillation, the alternative interpretative strategies of ratio legis and mens legislatoris, the performative functions of language, and custom and equity as means of interpretation.Read more
- Study of interpretation of meaning in the Renaissance, comparing it with medieval and modern theories, and concentrating on legal theories
- Market in a number of subjects: history, legal studies, linguistics, history of ideas
- Maclean is a Press author, and a very well-respected scholar of intellectual history
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'Maclean provides an excellent introduction to the Humanist movement in legal studies, and its relationship with what went before and what came after. He deserves an audience in the schools of law, semantics and history; a truly Renaissance achievement.' The Times Higher Education SupplementSee more reviews
'Maclean has written a remarkably learned and penetrating study of legal interpretation …' Brian Vickers, The Times Literary Supplement
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- Date Published: September 2005
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521020275
- length: 256 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.388kg
- contains: 8 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Notes on the presentation of the text
2. Interpretation and the arts course
3. Theories of interpretation and meaning
4. Parallels and examples
Bibliography of primary sources
Index of citations from the Corpus Juris Civilis
Index of names
Index of terms.
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