Understanding Canon 17 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law in Light of Contemporary Hermeneutics

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This study formulates a theory of understanding which incorporates pertinent results of hermeneutical reflection, for the interpretation of canon law, in particular, Canon 17 of the 1983 Code. Hermeneutics creates the awareness that the meaning of a legal text is not simply offered to a passive subject-interpreter in any routine procedure, but presents itself as a dynamic and creative reality requiring constant interaction between various subjective and objective, textual and extra-textual factors.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents (main headings):
Foreword; Preface; Introduction
1. Philosophical Analysis of the Phenomenon of Understanding
2. The World of the Text
3. The World of the Context
4. The World of the Legislator
5. The World of Theory
Afterword; Sources and Select Bibliography; Index

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