Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=931619
 


 



What O'Clock I Say: Juridical Epistemics and the Magisterium of the Church


Robert E. Rodes Jr.


Notre Dame Law School


Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 14, 2000
Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 06-20

Abstract:     
Legal pronouncements to the effect that such and such is the case can be divided into three categories, which the paper calls normative, constitutive, and epistemic. The paper defines these three legal categories, explores examples of each of in the law of the state, and then examines church pronouncements under the same categories to see what light the analogy of secular law can shed on them. The Church's assertions of authority regarding faith and morals are epistemic in nature. Epistemic pronouncements by authority, whether in Church or state, are binding on anyone who is not better informed than the author, but generally not on anyone who is. The paper suggests that this principle can be used to evaluate the binding force of different pronouncements of the magisterium.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: September 20, 2006  

Suggested Citation

Rodes, Robert E., What O'Clock I Say: Juridical Epistemics and the Magisterium of the Church. Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 14, 2000; Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 06-20. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=931619

Contact Information

Robert E. Rodes Jr. (Contact Author)
Notre Dame Law School ( email )
P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 459
Downloads: 18

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo7 in 0.719 seconds