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The Letter and Spirit of the Law

Diego E. López Medina | June 1, 2008

This book seeks to revive the practical and academic discussion that lawyers have with the relation between the “methods of interpretation” of law.


The philosophy of language, the linguistics, the cognitive science and the communication studies can offer new perspectives on the themes explored in this book and that intend to enrich the already known disputes. In particular, the author offers a theoretical reconstruction of opposition between the “letter” of the law and the “spirit” where he seeks to show that the norms do not have “obvious and natural meanings”. Finally, the author criticizes the false technical speciality of legal “hermeneutics” that moves away from the expectations and hopes of common citizens.

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