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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 12, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2005

Interpretation and Culture: Themes in the Philosophy of Michael Krausz

Nancy A. Weston
Pages 39-62
DOI: 10.5840/pcw20051214

Rightness, Ontology, and the Adjudication of Truth
Modern Legal Thought and the Project of Determining Rightness

The article reflects upon Michael Krausz’s account of contemporary debates between singularity and pluralism in the determination of rightness, and uses that occasion to ask after the larger course of which these debates are a part. Looking to the companion effort to determine truth and rightness at law, it finds telling echoes of those debates in the modem history of legal thought, and sketches that history to the end of drawing out its implications for the project at determining rightness more generally. These sobering implications, it suggests, call us to rethink the question of the relation of rightness to ontology.