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Aspects of Deconstruction: The Failure of the Word ‘Bird’

Northwestern Law Review, Vol. 84, pp. 536-541, 1990

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-34

7 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2010  

Date Written: August 12, 2010

Abstract

Lawyers and judges often become impatient with those who dispute what they regard as the clear meaning of words. The meaning of words derives from the contexts in which they are employed, and we can never be certain of the context because we cannot enter into the minds of other persons to see the contexts to which their minds are adverting.

Keywords: language and law, constructionalism, deconstruction, doctrinalism in law, words and meaning

JEL Classification: K10, K40

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D'Amato, Anthony, Aspects of Deconstruction: The Failure of the Word ‘Bird’ (August 12, 2010). Northwestern Law Review, Vol. 84, pp. 536-541, 1990; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-34. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1658119

Anthony D'Amato (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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