The Pleadings Game is a major contribution to artificial intelligence and legal theory. The book draws on jurisprudence and moral philosophy to develop a formal model of argumentation called the pleadings game. From a technical perspective, the work can be viewed as an extension of recent argumentation-based approaches to non-monotonic logic: (1) the game is dialogical rather than mono-logical; (2) the validity and priority of defeasible rules is subject to debate; and (3) resource limitations are acknowledged by rules for fairly dividing the burdens of representation and proof among the players.
Gordon's work evaluates important jurisprudential theories of argumentation and reasoning in the context of the U.S. commercial law on secured transactions. Audience: It is not necessary to have a formal background in law to appreciate The Pleadings Game. It will be of equal interest to both the artificial intelligence community and legal theorists.
Although the author's preface emphasizes that a formal background in law is not necessary to appreciate this volume, a grounding in artificial intelligence theory would be. Gordon's (GMD-German National Research Center for Information Technology) dissertation on jurisprudence and moral philosophy develops a formal model of argumentation called the pleadings game. It is an extension of recent approaches to nonmonotonic logic: dialogical, defeasible rules subject to debate, and resource limitations acknowledged by rules. The study advances the theory, design, and implementation of systems which mediate discussions and arguments between artificial and human agents, what the author terms "computational dialectics." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. The Legal Domain: Article Nine. 3. Philosophy of Legal Reasoning. 4. Formal Models of Argumentation. 5. The Pleadings Game. 6. An Implementation in Standard ML. 7. Conclusion. Appendix A: The Article Nine World. Appendix B: Glossary of Legal Terms. References. Index.