JSI Seminar Series: Dworkin's Literary Analogy

23 August 2016


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Dworkin's Literary Analogy

Speaker:Dr Samuel Shpall, University of Sydney

For decades Ronald Dworkin defended the view that legal interpretation is constructive. One of his most fascinating arguments for this idea, which turns on an analogy between legal and literary interpretation, has been more or less ignored by philosophers of law -- probably because they have not been especially interested in the claims about literary interpretation that it presupposes. In this paper, Sam Shpall aims to explore Dworkin's analogical argument with the sensitivity it deserves, and to evaluate its implications for his overall anti-positivist project and the correct theory of legal interpretation.

Sam Shpall is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2011, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow there from 2011-2013. From 2013-2015 he was the Postdoctoral Associate in Law and Philosophy at Yale University, and a Lecturer at the Yale Law School. He also taught philosophy in four New York State Correctional Facilities from 2014-2015 as a faculty member of the Bard Prison Initiative.

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