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Can Semiotics Describe Truth in Legal Discourse?
Paul R. Van Fleet
Let c be an abbreviation for “the statement within a rectangle on this slide.”
Then, consider c, then only view this slide (the only available set of information).
“c” becomes identical with the statement “c is false.”
BUT, “c is false” if and only if c is false.
Therefore, c is true if and only if c is false.
If propositions are considered on the same level of analysis, i.e. primary analysis, then this contradiction occurs and the system fails.Why Meta-Language is Necessary
For some x: T(x) if and only if φ (x).
Let x = the statement in propositional language, T = the proposition-language truth function of that statement, and φ = the meta-language truth function
For some x, x is true in the propositional language if and only if x is true in the meta-language that evaluates the propositional language.
∀x: (U(x) v E(x)) ^ I(x) → T(x).
Each of the functions must be evaluated for truth in order to find a theft!
What tools do we have to evaluate truth?
In short, no – not because of any fault in the semiotic process, but because the institutional structure of legal discourse will not allow interpretations that it does not finitely determine.