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AuthorHage, Jaap C. author
TitleReasoning with Rules [electronic resource] : An Essay on Legal Reasoning and Its Underlying Logic / by Jaap C. Hage
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1997
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Descript XIV, 266 p. online resource


Rule-applying legal arguments are traditionally treated as a kind of syllogism. Such a treatment overlooks the fact that legal principles and rules are not statements which describe the world, but rather means by which humans impose structure on the world. Legal rules create legal consequences, they do not describe them. This has consequences for the logic of rule- and principle-applying arguments, the most important of which may be that such arguments are defeasible. This book offers an extensive analysis of the role of rules and principles in legal reasoning, which focuses on the close relationship between rules, principles, and reasons. Moreover, it describes a logical theory which assigns a central place to the notion of reasons for and against a conclusion, and which is especially suited to deal with rules and principles


I Introduction -- II Of Reasons -- III Reasoning with Rules -- IV Reason-Based Logic -- V Applications of Reason-Based Logic -- VI Concluding Observations -- References -- Index of Names -- Index of Subjects

Law Logic Political science Artificial intelligence Computers Law and legislation Law -- Philosophy Law Theories of Law Philosophy of Law Legal History Logic Legal Aspects of Computing Artificial Intelligence (incl. Robotics) Philosophy of Law


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