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Bernard S. Jackson, Law, Fact and Narrative Coherence (1988)

CONTENTS

 

PREFACE

Chapter One: AN INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL SEMIOTICS AND NARRATIVE MODELS OF LEGAL DISCOURSE

1.1 Some Characteristics of the Anglo-American Law of Evidence

1.2 American Legal Realism: Gestalt Theory and Socio-Linguistics

1.3 Narrative Models in Recent Jurisprudence

1.4 An Outline of Greimasian Semiotics

1.5 The Narrativisation of Pragmatics in the Common Law Trial

 

 

Chapter Two: THE NORMATIVE SYLLOGISM AND THE PROBLEM OF REFERENCE

2.1 The Problem

2.2 Strawson on Reference

2.3 Attribution and Reference: Searle v. Donnellan

2.4 The Theory of Denotation

2.5 The Coherence Alternative

 

 

Chapter Three: THE NARRATIVE MODEL OF FACT CONSTRUCTION IN THE TRIAL: SEMIOTICS AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

3.1 Introduction

3.2 The Narrative Theory of Bennett and Feldman

3.3 Difficulties in Bennett and Feldman's Account of Courtroom

Interaction

3.4 Weaknesses in Conceptual Structure

3.5 Comparison with Story Grammars and Semio-Narrative Structures

3.6 Remedying the Weaknesses in Bennett and Feldman

 

Chapter Four: NARRATIVE MODEL IN LAW CONSTRUCTION AND APPLICATION

4.1 The Elements of the Model

4.2 Law, Fact and Application in Decision-Making

4.3 The Narrative Form of Rules

4.4 Narrative and Adjudication

4.5 Narrative and Doctrine

4.6 Oppositional Categories and Narrative Patterns

4.7 Narrativisation of the Pragmatics of Law Construction and Application

 

 

Chapter Five: INTERPRETATION AS JUSTIFICATION

5.1 Elements of the Positivist Model of Interpretation

5.2 The Unity and Identity of the Legal System

5.3 Decision-Making and Interpretation

5.4 The Autonomy of Legal Reasoning

 

Chapter Six: NARRATIVE, HISTORY AND TRUTH

6.1 The Concept of Narrative

6.2 Hayden White's Compromise

6.3 History and the Narrativisation of Pragmatics

 

Chapter Seven: LEGAL SEMIOTICS AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF LAW: POSITIVISM, DECONSTRUCTION AND CRITICAL LEGAL STUDIES

7.1 Legal Semiotics and Legal Positivism

7.2 Semiotics, Deconstructionism and Critical Legal Studies

7.3 Legal Semiotics: Transformative or Nihilist?

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

SOME INTER-DISCURSIVITIES (Index)


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