On whales and fish. Two models of interpretation

@article{Mart2020OnWA,
  title={On whales and fish. Two models of interpretation},
  author={G. Mart{\'i} and Lorena Ram{\'i}rez-Lude{\~n}a},
  journal={Jurisprudence},
  year={2020},
  volume={11},
  pages={63 - 75}
}
ABSTRACT We discuss the 1818 case in which the jury sided with inspector J. Maurice, who had demanded payment for inspecting casks of whale oil. The verdict is arguably incorrect: as several experts argued, whales are not fish. However, a well-established use of ‘fish’ at the time included whales. The jury relied on that meaning. Arguably, the verdict was also correct. Both responses are intrinsically plausible, albeit contradictory. It is often argued that the issue in this case is not about… Expand