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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 justifying the exercise of judicial power.
Symbolic logic: a razor-edged tool for drafting and interpreting legal documents Layman E. Allen Allen, Layman E.
Exemplary reasoning: semantics, pragmatics, and the rational force of legal argument by analogy Scott Brewer Brewer, Scott
Subjective probability and the paradox of the gatecrasher L. Jonathan Cohen Cohen, L. Jonathan
The place of logic in the law Morris R. Cohen Cohen, Morris R.
Logical method and law John Dewey Dewey, John
The laws of probability and the law of the land David Kaye Kaye, David
Reason and logic in the common law Dennis Lloyd Lloyd, Dennis
Logic and law Nicholas F. Lucas Lucas, Nicholas F.
Law logic Jeffrie G. Murphy Murphy, Jeffrie G.
The evidence or the event? on judicial proof and the acceptability of verdicts Charles Nesson Nesson, Charles
Logic in the law Edwin W. Patterson Patterson, Edwin W.
A note on symbolic logic and the law Robert S. Summers Summers, Robert S.
Syntactic ambiguity, conceptual vagueness, and the lawyer's hard thinking Ilmar Tammelo Tammelo, Ilmar
Trial by mathematics: precision and ritual in the legal process Laurence H. Tribe Tribe, Laurence H.