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Logic, probability, and presumptions in legal reasoning

Author: Scott Brewer
Publisher: New York : Garland Pub., 1998.
Series: Philosophy of legal reasoning, 1.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At least since plato and Aristotle, thinkers have pondered the relationship between philosophical arguments and the ""sophistical"" arguments offered by the Sophists -- who were the first professional lawyers. Judges wield substantial political power, and the justifications they offer for their decisions are a vital means by which citizens can assess the legitimacy of how that power is exercised. However, to  Read more...
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Logic, probability, and presumptions in legal reasoning.
New York : Garland Pub., 1998
(DLC) 98005169
(OCoLC)38542537
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Brewer
ISBN: 9781135642747 1135642745
OCLC Number: 852158946
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 402 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Symbolic logic: a razor-edged tool for drafting and interpreting legal documents / Layman E. Allen --
Exemplary reasoning: semantics, pragmatics, and the rational force of legal argument by analogy / Scott Brewer --
Subjective probability and the paradox of the gatecrasher / L. Jonathan Cohen --
The place of logic in the law / Morris R. Cohen --
Logical method and law / John Dewey --
The laws of probability and the law of the land / David Kaye --
Reason and logic in the common law / Dennis Lloyd --
Logic and law / Nicholas F. Lucas --
Law logic / Jeffrie G. Murphy --
The evidence or the event? on judicial proof and the acceptability of verdicts / Charles Nesson --
Logic in the law / Edwin W. Patterson --
A note on symbolic logic and the law / Robert S. Summers --
Syntactic ambiguity, conceptual vagueness, and the lawyer's hard thinking / Ilmar Tammelo --
Trial by mathematics: precision and ritual in the legal process / Laurence H. Tribe.
Series Title: Philosophy of legal reasoning, 1.
Responsibility: edited with an introduction by Scott Brewer.

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At least since plato and Aristotle, thinkers have pondered the relationship between philosophical arguments and the ""sophistical"" arguments offered by the Sophists -- who were the first professional lawyers. Judges wield substantial political power, and the justifications they offer for their decisions are a vital means by which citizens can assess the legitimacy of how that power is exercised. However, to evaluate judicial justifications requires close attention to the method of reasoning behind decisions. This new collection illuminates and explains the political and moral importance in.

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