This series presents interdisciplinary studies in the area of law and the social sciences. In this particular volume, Patrick Nerhot analyzes the problems involved in interpreting legal texts, and develops an hermeneutical approach around the legal concept of analogy, raising the question of truth and reality in legal thinking, and dealing with the legal source of the concept of history in Western civilization. The book proposes a hypothesis on the influence of legal knowledge in the Western and pre-modern rationalist tradition. This book, from a French text, has been updated and broadened. It looks at the development of concentration on the text in modern and pre-modern thought. Features of the book include a discussion of the significance of analogical reasoning in law, and an outline of the theories of Bobbio, the distinguished Italian scholar.