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Reasoning and the Law

Elias SavellosState University of New York, Geneseo, USA, Richard GalvinTexas Christian University, USA

ISBN13: 9780534538958
ISBN: 0534538959
Published: July 2002
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Format: printed material (details unknown)
Price: Out of print

This text focuses on providing undergraduates the information they need to develop a command of logical-analytical techniques. From beginning to end, the text applies the tools of logic to actual cases; all examples and applications are from the legal context. It provides tips and warnings, a variety of aids, and appendices covering an overview of the legal environmental and a guide to writing argumentative papers.

1. Statements. Words. Meaning and Definition. Sentences, Language Uses, and Truth.
2. Arguments. The Nature of Arguing. Arguments in Logic and Arguments in Ordinary Discourse. Kinds of Argument: Deductive v. Inductive Reasoning. Deductive Reasoning and Methods of Appraising Validity. Inductive Reasoning and Methods of Appraising Strength. PART II: ELEMENTS OF LEGAL REASONING.
3. Reasoning and the Law. The Centrality of Reasoning in the Law. Deductive Reasoning and the Law. Inductive Reasoning and the Law. How Judges Reason. PART III: CASE ANALYSIS.
4. Guidelines for Analysing Cases. The Written Opinion. The Elements of a Written Opinion.
5. Analyzing Cases. Riggs v. Palmer. Analysis of Riggs v. Palmer. Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad. Analysis of Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad. Appendix I: Guidelines for Writing Argumentative Papers. Appendix II: Legal Fundamentals.