Vol. 2 No. 1 (2019): In Memoriam: Czesław Martyniak

Axiological Problems of Statutory Interpretation

Artur Kotowski
Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw (Poland)
Published 9.11.2020
  • statutory interpretation,
  • axiology,
  • theory and philosophy of the law,
  • morality,
  • theory of legal interpretation
How to Cite
Kotowski, A. (2020). Axiological Problems of Statutory Interpretation. The Legal Culture, 2(1), 93-110. https://doi.org/10.37873/legal.2019.2.1.56


The paper discusses the question of axiological determinants of statutory interpretation in the context of statutory law. The author formulates the argument that the paradigm of the so-called non-axiological statutory interpretation, originating from the non-axiological jurisprudence approach, does not offer an effective protection against obtaining meanings which are contrary to elementary moral rules. The paper focuses on axiological instructions for an interpreter, i.e. how to look for morally objective meanings and what the moral objectivity criteria of meaning in the law are.


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