Ascriptive Speech Act and Legal Language
SHS Web of Conferences Vol. 28 (2016)
5 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2016
Date Written: June 15, 2016
In this article I explicate H. L. A. Hart’s theory of an ascriptive language as it has been developed in his influential early paper “The Ascription of Responsibility and Rights” (1949). In the section ‘Discussion’ I argue that the theory of ascriptive legal utterances, which is grounded on Austin’s and Searle’s theory of a speech act, provides the methodological basis for his analytical approach to philosophical and legal issues. In the section ‘Results’ I justify that an ascriptive is a specific speech (illocutionary) act. In the section ‘Conclusion’ the matter concerns the original linguistic formula of an ascriptive that accurately reflects its nature. This article elaborates on the interpretation of ascriptive speech acts in legal language by evaluating the influence of philosophy of language on the formation of modern legal philosophy, along with evaluating the contribution of conceptual development of legal philosophy in the speech acts theory.
Keywords: Legal language, theory of speech act, ascriptive statement, H. L. A. Hart, J. L. Austin, J. Searle
JEL Classification: K30, K40
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