Leśniewski-quantifiers and modal arguments in legal discourse

Burkhard Schäfer

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/LLP.1998.007


Following an idea first proposed by Jerzy Wroblewski, this paper examines the usefulness of formal logic for comparative legal analysis. Subject of the comparison are the doctrines of mistake and attempt in German and English criminal law. These doctrines are distinguished by the interaction of deontic, epistemic and alethic modalities. I propose a purely extensional logic which is based on Leśniewski’s substitutional interpretation of quantification to analyse differences in the logical structure of the various criminal law doctrines.

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