Legal Concepts: An Inferential Approach

EUI LAW Working Paper No. 2008/03

22 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2008

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Giovanni Sartor

European University Institute Law Department

Date Written: January 2008

Abstract

The inferential and eliminative analysis of legal concepts proposed by Alf Ross will be connected to the views of theoretical concepts in science advanced by Frank Ramsey and Rudolf Carnap. Consequently, the mere comprehension of a legal concept will be distinguished from the application of the concept to a particular legal system, since application presupposes a doctrinal commitment, namely, the belief that the inferences constituting the concept hold in that system.

Keywords: legal reasoning, legal concepts

Suggested Citation

Sartor, Giovanni, Legal Concepts: An Inferential Approach (January 2008). EUI LAW Working Paper No. 2008/03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1093627 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1093627

Giovanni Sartor (Contact Author)

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