Handbook of Legal Reasoning and Argumentation

  • Giorgio Bongiovanni
  • Gerald Postema
  • Antonino Rotolo
  • Giovanni Sartor
  • Chiara Valentini
  • Douglas Walton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Basic Concepts for Legal Reasoning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Giorgio Bongiovanni
      Pages 3-33
    3. Carla Bagnoli
      Pages 35-46
    4. Douglas Walton
      Pages 47-75
    5. Emiliano Lorini
      Pages 77-101
    6. Jaap Hage
      Pages 103-138
    7. Carla Bagnoli
      Pages 139-171
    8. Cristiano Castelfranchi
      Pages 173-190
    9. Kenneth Einar Himma
      Pages 191-217
    10. Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco
      Pages 219-240
  3. Kinds of Reasoning and the Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Antonino Rotolo, Giovanni Sartor
      Pages 243-274
    3. Burkhard Schafer, Colin Aitken
      Pages 275-313
    4. Giovanni Sartor
      Pages 315-364
    5. Bartosz Brożek
      Pages 365-385
    6. Wojciech Załuski
      Pages 413-444
  4. Special Kinds of Legal Reasoning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 445-445
    2. Marcello Di Bello, Bart Verheij
      Pages 447-493
    3. J. J. Moreso, Samuele Chilovi
      Pages 495-517
    4. Douglas Walton, Giovanni Sartor, Fabrizio Macagno
      Pages 519-560
    5. Andrei Marmor
      Pages 561-580
    6. Giorgio Bongiovanni, Chiara Valentini
      Pages 581-612
    7. Giovanni Sartor
      Pages 613-636
    8. Amalia Amaya
      Pages 637-672
    9. Kevin D. Ashley
      Pages 673-710
    10. Lewis A. Kornhauser
      Pages 711-745
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 747-764

About this book


This handbook addresses legal reasoning and argumentation from a logical, philosophical and legal perspective. The main forms of legal reasoning and argumentation are covered in an exhaustive and critical fashion, and are analysed in connection with more general types (and problems) of reasoning. Accordingly, the subject matter of the handbook divides in three parts. The first one introduces and discusses the basic concepts of practical reasoning. The second one discusses the general structures and procedures of reasoning and argumentation that are relevant to legal discourse. The third one looks at their instantiations and developments of these aspects of argumentation as they are put to work in the law, in different areas and applications of legal reasoning. 


Basic Concepts of Legal Reasoning Case-based Reasoning Constitutional Adjunction Deductive Reasoning Defeasible Reasoning Deontic Reasoning Evidential Reasoning General Forms of Reasoning Individual Rational Choice Inductive Reasoning Interactive Decision Theory Interpretative Arguments Legal Analogy Legal Philosophy Legal Reasoning Legal Theory Reasoning and Argumentation Reasoning and the Law Reasoning by Analogy Teleological Reasoning

Editors and affiliations

  • Giorgio Bongiovanni
    • 1
  • Gerald Postema
    • 2
  • Antonino Rotolo
    • 3
  • Giovanni Sartor
    • 4
  • Chiara Valentini
    • 5
  • Douglas Walton
    • 6
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche and CIRSFIDUniversità di BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.CIRSFIDUniversità di BolognaBolognaItaly
  4. 4.Department of LawEuropean University InstituteFlorenceItaly
  5. 5.Department of LawUniversitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain
  6. 6.University of Windsor, Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR)WindsorCanada

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