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Handbook of Legal Reasoning and Argumentation

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  • The only work to provide a comprehensive, thematic and systematic account of legal reasoning

  • The first work on legal reasoning which systematically discusses it in relation to logics and philosophies of practical reason

  • A multidisciplinary focus provides a good balance of formal (logical), philosophical and legal aspects

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Table of contents (24 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Basic Concepts for Legal Reasoning

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Reasons (and Reasons in Philosophy of Law)

      • Giorgio Bongiovanni
      Pages 3-33
    3. Reasons in Moral Philosophy

      • Carla Bagnoli
      Pages 35-46
    4. Legal Reasoning and Argumentation

      • Douglas Walton
      Pages 47-75
    5. Norms in Action: A Logical Perspective

      • Emiliano Lorini
      Pages 77-101
    6. Of Norms

      • Jaap Hage
      Pages 103-138
    7. Values

      • Carla Bagnoli
      Pages 139-171
    8. The Goals of Norms

      • Cristiano Castelfranchi
      Pages 173-190
    9. Authority

      • Kenneth Einar Himma
      Pages 191-217
    10. The Authority of Law

      • Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco
      Pages 219-240
  3. Kinds of Reasoning and the Law

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 241-241
    2. Deductive and Deontic Reasoning

      • Antonino Rotolo, Giovanni Sartor
      Pages 243-274
    3. Inductive, Abductive and Probabilistic Reasoning

      • Burkhard Schafer, Colin Aitken
      Pages 275-313
    4. Defeasibility in Law

      • Giovanni Sartor
      Pages 315-364
    5. Analogical Arguments

      • Bartosz Brożek
      Pages 365-385
    6. Interactive Decision-Making and Morality

      • Wojciech Załuski
      Pages 413-444
  4. Special Kinds of Legal Reasoning

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 445-445
    2. Evidential Reasoning

      • Marcello Di Bello, Bart Verheij
      Pages 447-493

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. 

Keywords

  • 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

  • Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche and CIRSFID, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

    Giorgio Bongiovanni

  • Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

    Gerald Postema

  • CIRSFID, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

    Antonino Rotolo

  • Department of Law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

    Giovanni Sartor

  • Department of Law, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

    Chiara Valentini

  • University of Windsor, Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR), Windsor, Canada

    Douglas Walton

About the editors

Giorgio Bongiovanni is Professor of Philosophy of Law at the University of Bologna Law School (Italy). He has published widely in constitutional theory, legal theory, metaethics and normative ethics, the theory of legal interpretation, the foundations of practical reason, the history of legal theory and philosophy, and the history and philosophy of politics. His works include, among others, a monographic volume on legal theory and constitutionalism (Laterza, 2005), and the editorship (with G. Sartor and C. Valentini) of the volume Reasonableness and Law (Springer, 2009). He also edited two books, respectively, on moral objectivism (B. Mondadori, 2007) and (with G. Gozzi) on the philosophy of international law (Il Mulino, 2006). He is associate editor of Ratio Juris: An International Journal of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law (Wiley-Blackwell). Gerald

J. Postema is Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA). He has published extensively in legal and political philosophy and ethics. He wrote, among others, Bentham and the Common Law Tradition (Clarendon 1986/1989) and edited Racism and the Law (Kluwer 1997); Rationality, Conventions, and the Law (Kluwer 1998); Jeremy Bentham: Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy (Ashgate 2002) and Philosophy and the Law of Torts (CUP 2001). He is associate editor of the multi-volume work A Treatise of Legal Philosophy and General Jurisprudence (Springer). Former Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellow, and fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies and the National Humanities Center, he was editor of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law and special issues editor of Law and Philosophy.

Antonino Rotolo is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Law at the University of Bologna Law School (Italy). He published two monographic volumes about reasoning by analogy in the law (Clueb, 2001) and multi-modal logics for modeling the interaction between agents and normative systems (Gedit, 2002). He has also extensively written on formal methods for practical and legal reasoning, logics for artificial intelligence, artificial intelligence and law, and philosophical logic. He served as a reviewer for many international journals and as a member of the programme committee of international conferences and workshops. He is assistant editor of Ratio Juris: An International Journal of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law (Wiley-Blackwell) and A Treatise of Legal Philosophy and General Jurisprudence (Springer). 

Giovanni Sartor is Marie-Curie Professor of Legal Informatics and Legal Theory at the European University Institute of Florence and Professor of Computer and Law at the University of Bologna (Italy), after obtaining a PhD at the European University Institute (Florence), working at the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg), being a researcher at the Italian National Council of Research (ITTIG, Florence), and holding the chair in Jurisprudence at Queen’s University of Belfast (where he now is honorary professor). He is author of ten books (among which, Legal Reasoning: A Cognitive Approach to the Law, Springer, 2005 and Artificial Intelligence in Law, Tano, 1993) and has published widely in legal philosophy and legal theory, legal informatics (artificial intelligence and law), computational logic, legislation technique, and computer law. He is co-editor of the journal Artificial Intelligence and Law (Springer).

Douglas Walton holds the Assumption Chair in Argumentation Studies and is Distinguished Research Fellow of the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR) at the University of Windsor, Canada. He is the author of over thirty-five books in the areas of argumentation, logic and artificial intelligence. They include, most recently, Witness Testimony Evidence (CUP, 2008), Dialog Theory for Critical Argumentation (J. Benjamins, 2007), Media Argumentation (CUP, 2007), and Fundamentals of Critical Argumentation (CUP, 2006). He is co-editor of Critical Argumentation book series for Cambridge University Press, and serves on the editorial boards of the Argumentation Library book series for Springer. He is on the editorial boards of the journals Argumentation and Advocacy, Artificial Intelligence and Law, Informal Logic, Philosophy & Rhetoric and Revista Iberoamericana de Argumentación.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook of Legal Reasoning and Argumentation

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

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-9452-0

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature B.V. 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-90-481-9451-3

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-024-1633-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-90-481-9452-0

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIII, 764

  • Number of Illustrations: 71 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Philosophy of Law, Theories of Law, Philosophy of Law, Legal History, Logic

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Softcover Book
USD 399.99
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