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Peirce and Law

Issues in Pragmatism, Legal Realism, and Semiotics


Roberta Kevelson

This is the first collection of papers on the general topic of Peirce and Law to be compiled in a single volume. Peirce's theory of signs, assumed to be seminal for modern semiotics and especially for legal semiotics, is the unifying focus for these crossdisciplinary studies in Peirce's philosophy and theories of law. Peirce's Pragmatism, his Normative Sciences, his influences on various schools of jurisprudence, and on general semiotics are all discussed here in rich detail by distinguished scholars. This volume includes papers presented at the Peirce Sesquicentennial Congress, in the Special Session on Peirce and Law, and related papers as well.

«...the papers ... draw attention to the fact that law essentially involves the act of interpretation (both of texts and events) and that Peirce's life-long reflections on this practice would contribute significantly to present discussions.» (C.F. Delaney, Religion & Literature)