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On the Instrumental Value of Vagueness in the Law

Asgeirsson, H (2015) On the Instrumental Value of Vagueness in the Law Ethics, 125 (2). pp. 425-448.

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Abstract

It is natural to think that law ought not to be vague. After all, law is supposed to guide conduct, and vague law seems poorly suited to do that. Contrary to this common impression, however, a number of authors have argued that vagueness in the law is sometimes a good thing, because it is a means to achieving certain valuable legislative ends. In this article, I argue that many authors—including Timothy Endicott and Jeremy Waldron—wrongly associate vagueness with instrumental roles that are really played by a closely related semantic phenomenon.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Law
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
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Asgeirsson, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 15 January 2015
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1086/678480
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2015 The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 29 Sep 2016 08:30
Last Modified : 29 Sep 2016 08:30
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812308

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