ArgLab • Colloquium

Federico Puppo

Vagueness of language and law

The essential feature of law is the language, but language is vague. And this is both for “law in the books” and for “law in action”: vague is in fact the language of legislators, the one of judges, lawyers, prosecutors, witnesses and so on. I would like to discuss this topic to understand what vagueness is. I will analyse the different strategies proposed to face vagueness and I would like to take into account my thesis too, which is characterized by non-analytical conception of language and by the recovery of rhetoric’s and dialectic’s importance in trial.


Federico Puppo, University of Trento