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This article addresses the basic jurisprudential question. It is concerned with some of the ways in which people claim that an understanding of language helps to solve problem of jurisprudence. It attempts to identify some of the most interesting and important mistakes that legal philosophers have made about language. It discusses three reasons why understanding language might be useful. An understanding of vagueness points out that the language of the law, and the law itself, cannot always determine the outcome that the law requires, and that the judge must resolve questions left unresolved by the law. The diversity principle and the context principle are also essential for the development of useful theoretical terms. Another insight that language provides is of limited use in jurisprudence. A clear understanding of some of the problems of the philosophy of language is very useful for legal philosophers.
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