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Truth in Law

Andrei Marmor

University of Southern California - Gould School of Law

November 3, 2011

USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 11-3

In this essay I offer a speech act analysis of truth evaluable content of legal prescriptions. The argument is based on two main frameworks: one, drawn from an analogy with truth in fiction, explains the prefixed nature of legal statements, and the second explores the propositional content of legal prescriptions as a species of exhortative speech acts. Overall, the essay suggests an interpretation of legal prescriptions that allows for the validity of standard legal syllogisms.

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Date posted: February 12, 2011 ; Last revised: November 3, 2011

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Marmor, Andrei, Truth in Law (November 3, 2011). USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 11-3. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1760053 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1760053

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