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The Paradox of Self-Amendment

A Study of Logic, Law, Omnipotence, and Change

Peter Suber

The first full-length study of self-reference and paradox in law, this book will intrigue and instruct anyone interested in law, logic, philosophy, or political theory. History shows that self-amendment - for example, the use of a constitution's amending clause to amend itself - is commonplace; legal analysis shows it to be lawful, even if (as some logicians have alleged) it is self-contradictory; and philosophical analysis shows it to be foundational for legality. The lawfulness of self-amendment, therefore, sheds important light on legal reasoning and rationality, and shows that we no longer need accept the immutability of any level of law.