Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne studia nad prawem

Critical Jurisprudence of Duncan Kennedy and the Status of the Theory of Legal Interpretation

Łakomy, Jakub

University of Wroclaw

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The article attempts to analyse the status of the theory of legal interpretation that
emerges from the contributions of one of the representatives of critical legal studies
(CLS). Legal interpretation is analysed by using concepts drawn from hermeneutic
universalism and the post-structural philosophy of politics. The concepts of Duncan
Kennedy, an American philosopher of law, are subjected to analysis, and his
concept of adjudication, the indeterminacy thesis and the hermeneutic of suspicion
is addressed. The paper puts forward the thesis that the political nature of law – alongside
factors closely related to social structure – is also determined by factors which
pertain to the cognitive subject. This fact has crucial importance for determining
the status of the theory of legal interpretation.


Journal Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne studia nad prawem 
Volume 12 
Issue 3 
Issue date 11/2020 
Type Article 
Language en
Pagination 70-89
DOI 10.7206/kp.2080-1084.396
ISSN 2080-1084
eISSN 2450-7938