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A Matter of Coherence



Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Law and Literature. Argumentation 2012 Workshop Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Law

Field Law sciences
Keywords coherence; narrative coherence; judicial decision-making; interpretation; context
Description This paper deals with the concept of coherence in the context of legal argumentation and interpretation. After putting the concept of coherence into a wider context, this paper deals with what MacCormick calls normative coherence, i.e. the unity of principle and value among the rules and their broader normative context. Coherence of the justifications of judicial decisions with the rest of the legal system is a desirable property, and despite its inability to be the sole sufficient argument to justify a judicial decision it may be also understood as a connection of purposive and context considerations that reflects and enables the dynamic nature of a legal system.
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