Objectivity and Interpretation, 34 Stanford Law Review 739 (1982)
Adjudication is interpretation: Adjudication is the process by which a judge comes to understand and express the meaning of an authoritative legal text and the values embodied in that text. Interpretation, whether it be in the law or literary domains, is neither a wholly discretionary nor a wholly mechanical activity. It is a dynamic interaction between reader and text, and meaning the product of that interaction. It is an activity that affords a proper recognition of both the subjective and objective dimensions of human experience; and for that reason, has emerged in recent decades as an attractive method for studying all social activity.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Fiss, Owen M., "Objectivity and Interpretation" (1982). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 1217.