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Overview

Use of argumentation methods applied to legal reasoning is a relatively new field of study. Many vitally important problems of legal reasoning can be profitably studied in light of these new methods, even if they cannot all be solved in any single monograph. This book provides a survey of the leading problems, and outlines how future research using argumentation-based methods show great promise of leading to useful solutions. The problems studied include not only those of argument evaluation and argument invention, but also analysis of specific kinds of evidence commonly used in law, like witness testimony, circumstantial evidence, forensic evidence and character evidence. New tools for analyzing these kinds of evidence are introduced, like argument diagramming, abductive reasoning, an analysis of conditional relevance and a new dialectical model of explanation.
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"In this book, Walton presents his perspective on argumentation methods for artificial intelligence and law. … the different tools are combined in a way that makes them potentially useful for understanding legal reasoning. … this book offers a valuable perspective on the current state and future research directions of argumentation methods for artificial intelligence and law." (Jelle van Veenen, Artificial Intelligence and Law, Vol. 14, 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642064326
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 0.61 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Informal Logic Methods for Law.- Generalizations in Legal Reasoning.- Defeasible Reasoning in Dialogue Systems.- Relevance Determinations of Legal Evidence.- Methods Applied to Problems of Evidence.- Dialectical Explanation in AI.- Argument Invention for Proof Preparation.

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