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The Antinomy of Coherence and Determinacy
Iowa Law Review
  • William A. Edmundson, Georgia State University College of Law
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Coherence and determinacy are both apparent desiderata for bodies of law and legal systems. Unfortunately, in legal systems of any complexity, increasing the degree of one invariably brings about a lessening of the other. For theories of law - such as Ronald Dworkin's - that emphasize the importance of coherence in judicial reasoning, while requiring as a condition of legitimacy that legal rights pre-exist judicial decisions, this must be an unwelcome fact.
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William A. Edmundson, The Antinomy of Coherence and Determinacy, 82 Iowa L. Rev. 1 (1996).