Precedents, Statutes, and Analysis of Legal Concepts: Interpretation

1st Edition

Scott Brewer

Routledge
Published March 1, 1998
Textbook - 400 Pages
ISBN 9780815326564 - CAT# RT7226
Series: Philosophy of Legal Reasoning: A Collection of Essays by Philosophers and Legal Scholars

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Summary

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.

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