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THERE are three major ways of understanding any subject. The
science of epistemology tells us what they are. It does this by investigating
our human ways of knowing, with particular reference to how words
obtain their various species of meanings. Since law, perhaps more than
most subjects, is concerned with the use and the interpretation of language,
it may help us to understand and evaluate the all-or-none principle
in legal judgments if we describe three major epistemological theories of
knowledge, including their respective conceptions of the meaning of
words, and relate them to the settling of legal disputes.

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epistemology, language