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In this chapter from "Law and the Humanities: An Introduction," published by Cambridge University Press, I first survey various theoretical approaches to interpretation, including natural law, analytical legal positivism, law as communication (originalism, intentionalism, and new textualism), and the hermeneutical turn. I then discuss the role of interpretation in contract law, statutory law and constitutional law, to situate the theories in practice.

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Mootz III, Francis Joseph, Interpretation (2010). LAW AND THE HUMANITIES: AN INTRODUCTION, Austin Sarat, Matt Anderson, Cathrine O. Frank eds., pp. 339-376, 2010; UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-15