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    Interpretive Arguments and the Application of the Law
    In G. Bongiovanni, G. Postema, A. Rotolo, G. Sartor, C. Valentini & D. Walton (eds.), Handbook of Legal Reasoning and Argumentation, Springer. pp. 495-517. 2018.
    Some philosophers have recently emphasized the similarities between lawmaking and the production of linguistic utterances in ordinary communication. Based on these similarities, they have defended a theory of legal interpretation that identifies the legal content of a lawmaking act with the communicative content of the authoritative “utterance”. While different versions of the theory differ with respect to which level of utterance content they regard as relevant, they agree that the theory’s sco…Read more
  •  6
    The Aristorcracy of All: Gargarella or the Constitutionalism of Equality
    Revista Latinoamericana de Filosofía Política 6 (1). 2017.
    In this comment to the brilliant book on the Constitutionalism in Latin-America, Gargarella, it is accepted that perhaps is the equality the empty promise among the ideals of constitutionalism in this region of the world. It is also accepted that an important part of the reason for this absence of equality lies in the institutional design, in the engine room of the Constitution, concretely in an hypertrophy of presidentialism. A complementary suggestion is added: the ideal of a constitutional de…Read more
  •  12
    On Deontic Truth and Values
    Crítica. Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía 49 (146): 61-74. 2017.
    This article analyzes the thesis of ethical relativism, as defended by Alchourrón and Bulygin. These authors offer, on the one hand, a suggestive conception according to which the question “what are our obligations?” is equivalent to thinking about what is to be done; on the other hand, they defend a relativist conception of ethics. They present three objections to constructivist accounts of ethics that are not relativist: a) the argument of the burden of the proof; b) a version of the dilemma o…Read more
  •  16
    In this paper, I intend to articulate an answer to the powerful particularist objection against the notion of moral and legal reasoning based on universal principles. I defend a particular way of specifying and contextualising universal principles. I claim that this account preserves legal and moral justification conceived as subsumption to legal and moral principles. I also try to show how virtues can be reconciled with this account, i.e. what is the right place for virtues in legal adjudicatio…Read more
  •  7
    Schauer on Coercion, Acceptance, and Schizophrenia
    Ratio Juris 29 (2): 215-222. 2016.
    This article provides a comment on The Force of Law, which is Schauer's new and illuminating contribution to the place of law in our societies and in our lives. It constitutes a strong defence of the importance of coercion in law. First, I consider cases where the law is not able to motivate human behaviour adequately, in order to show that legal coercion is not always justified. Second, I examine the Rawlsian distinction between the ideal and the nonideal theory and its application to the theor…Read more
  • El encaje de las piezas del derecho
    Isonomía. Revista de Teoría y Filosofía Del Derecho 15 165-192. 2001.
  • Algunas observaciones sobre las nociones de orden jurídico y sistema jurídico
    with Navarro Pablo E.
    Análisis Filosófico 12 (2): 125. 1992.
  •  14
    Aplicabilidad y eficacia de las normas jurídicas
    with Pablo Navarro
    Isonomía. Revista de Teoría y Filosofía Del Derecho 5 119-139. 1996.
  • The Reception of Norms, and Open Legal Systems
    with Pablo E. Navarro
    In Stanley L. Paulson & Bonnie Litschewski Paulson (eds.), Normativity and Norms: Critical Perspectives on Kelsenian Themes, Oxford University Press. 1998.
  •  46
    Legal Gaps and Conclusive Reasons
    with Pablo E. Navarro and Cristina Redondo
    Theoria 68 (1): 52-66. 2002.
  •  14
    In his article on pre-conventions, Celano presents, what the author calls, the Ontological Commitment Thesis and the Normative Bite Thesis. In this short comment, the author argues that the two theses are together both incompatible with the idea that pre-conventions are facts which have causal powers in human behaviour; also, if the ontological thesis is abandoned, normative determination could not be obtained. In other terms, the author argues that either pre-conventions are part of our causal …Read more
  • Verdad y eficacia
    with Pablo E. Navarro
    Theoria 11 (26): 105-124. 1996.
  •  26
    The author discusses a question related to a certain aspect of justification of legal decisions, often so-called internal justification-a legal decision is internally justified if and only if it can be deduced from the norm(s) applicable to the case, and from the statement(s) describing the facts of the case. According to this notion, infinite irrelevant logical consequences are justified. To avoid this counterintuitive conclusion, the author analyzes three notions of relevance: Sperber-Wilson's…Read more
  • El reino de los derechos y la objetividad de la moral
    Análisis Filosófico 23 (2): 117-150. 2003.
    This paper intends to show that it is possible to take convincingly into account the platitudes which underlie our moral practice. It deals with the articulation of an indirect strategy to answer the arguments of moral scepticism: if we can generate a conceptual space that takes such platitudes into account, perhaps we could ignore the sceptic doubts.Several metaethical conceptions can ecumenically carry out this task. Particularly, even if moral realism implies cognitivism and objectivism, mora…Read more
  •  1
    Alexy und die Arithmetik der Abwägung
    Archiv für Rechts- Und Sozialphilosophie 98 (3): 411-420. 2012.
    This paper deals with the question of the conflict of constitutional rights which acknowledge basic rights. Alexy's conception of balancing is the most relevant approach to this question in legal theory. Alexy's proportionalist account intends to conserve the scope of rights restricting their stringency. This conception is criticized defending, in a specificationist account, the preservation of the stringency of rights restricting their scope
  •  21
    The Dynamics of Legal Positivism. Some Remarks on Shiner's Norm and Nature
    with Pablo E. Navarro
    Ratio Juris 10 (3): 288-299. 1997.
  • The Uses of Slippery Slope Argument
    In Christian Dahlman & Thomas Bustamante (eds.), Argument Types and Fallacies in Legal Argumentation, Springer Verlag. 2015.
  •  108
    Legal positivism and legal disagreements
    Ratio Juris 22 (1): 62-73. 2009.
    This paper deals with the possibility of faultless disagreement in law. It does this by looking to other spheres in which faultless disagreement appears to be possible, mainly in matters of taste and ethics. Three possible accounts are explored: the realist account, the relativist account, and the expressivist account. The paper tries to show that in the case of legal disagreements, there is a place for an approach that can take into account our intuitions in the sense that legal disagreements a…Read more
  • Dos concepciones de la interpretación jurídica
    Isonomía. Revista de Teoría y Filosofía Del Derecho 29 7-14. 2008.
  •  295
    This paper deals with the question of the conflict of constitutional rights with regard to basic rights. Two extreme accounts are outlined: the subsumptive approach and the particularistic approach, that embody two main conceptions of practical rationality. Between the two approaches there is room for a range of options, two of which are examined: the proportionalist approach, which conserves the scope of rights restricting their stringency, and the specificationist approach, which preserves the…Read more
  •  29
    Sobre la lógica de las lagunas en el derecho
    with Pablo E. Navarro and María Cristina Redondo
    Critica 33 (99): 47-73. 2001.
    En "Legal Reasons, Sources and Gaps", Raz señala que las lagunas jurídicas existen sólo cuando el derecho habla con voz incierta o cuando habla con muchas voces, pero que no hay lagunas cuando el derecho guarda silencio. En este último caso habría reglas de clausura, analíticamente verdaderas, que impiden la ocurrencia de esas lagunas. Según Raz, si hay una laguna en un sistema jurídico, entonces no es verdadero ni falso que exista una razón concluyente para ejecutar cierta acción. Así, una de l…Read more
  •  10
    Guastini sobre la ponderación
    Isonomía. Revista de Teoría y Filosofía Del Derecho 17 227-249. 2002.
  •  15
    The untouchables of law
    Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 19 (4): 496-503. 2016.
  • Mundos constitucionalmente posibles
    Isonomía. Revista de Teoría y Filosofía Del Derecho 8. 1998.
  •  8
    El encaje de las piezas del derecho
    Isonomía. Revista de Teoría y Filosofía Del Derecho 14 135-157. 2001.
  •  36
    Applicability and effectiveness of legal norms
    with Pablo E. Navarro
    Law and Philosophy 16 (2). 1997.
    We analyse the relationship between applicability and effectiveness of legal norms from a philosophical perspective. In particular, we distinguish between two concepts of applicability. The external applicability of norms refers to institutional duties; a norm N is externally applicable if and only if a judge is legally obliged to apply N to some case c. Internal applicability refers instead to the sphere of validity of legal norms. A norm N is internally applicable to actions regulated by its s…Read more