David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
This thesis explores the significance of Godel's Theorem for an understanding of law as rules, and of legal adjudication as rule-following. It argues that Godel's Theorem, read through Wittgenstein's understanding of rules and language as a contextual activity, and through Derrida's account of 'undecidability,' offers an alternative account of the relationship of judging to justice. Instead of providing support for the 'indeterminacy' claim, Godel's Theorem illuminates the predicament of undecidability that structures any interpretation and every legal decision, and which constitutes the opening to justice. The first argument in this thesis examines Godel's proof, Wittgenstein's views on rules, and Derrida's undecidability, as manifestations of a common concern with the limits of what can be formalized. The meta-argument examines their misinterpretation and misappropriation within legal theory as a case study of just what they mean about meaning, context, and justice as necessarily co-implicated
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
FangWen Yuan (2008). Query the Triple Loophole of the Proof of Gödel Incompleteness Theorem. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 41:77-94.
Mark Steiner (2001). Wittgenstein as His Own Worst Enemy: The Case of Gödel's Theorem. Philosophia Mathematica 9 (3):257-279.
Raymond M. Smullyan (1993). Recursion Theory for Metamathematics. Oxford University Press.
J. J. C. Smart (1961). Godel's Theorem, Church's Theorem, and Mechanism. Synthese 13 (June):105-10.
Raymond M. Smullyan (1992). Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems. Oxford University Press.
Albert E. Lyngzeidetson & Martin K. Solomon (1994). Abstract Complexity Theory and the Mind-Machine Problem. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (2):549-54.
Panu Raatikainen (2005). On the Philosophical Relevance of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems. Revue Internationale de Philosophie 59 (4):513-534.
Zofia Adamowicz & Teresa Bigorajska (2001). Existentially Closed Structures and Gödel's Second Incompleteness Theorem. Journal of Symbolic Logic 66 (1):349-356.
Juliet Floyd (2001). Prose Versus Proof: Wittgenstein on Gödel, Tarski and Truth. Philosophia Mathematica 9 (3):280-307.
Christopher Gauker (2001). T-Schema Deflationism Versus Gödel’s First Incompleteness Theorem. Analysis 61 (270):129–136.
Yi-Zhuang Chen (2004). Edgar Morin's Paradigm of Complexity and Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem. World Futures 60 (5 & 6):421 – 431.
Francesco Berto (2009). The Gödel Paradox and Wittgenstein's Reasons. Philosophia Mathematica 17 (2):208-219.
Added to index2011-05-12
Total downloads4 ( #258,599 of 1,102,836 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #296,987 of 1,102,836 )
How can I increase my downloads?