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Logic for Lawyers


ISBN13: 9789462361942
Published: May 2021
Publisher: Eleven International Publishing
Country of Publication: Netherlands
Format: Paperback
Price: Price on Application



Logic for Lawyers offers an introduction to logic, tailored to legal practice.

Logic is a basic tool for the legal professional. Law is an argumentative practice and therefore lawyers need to know how to argue. This book discusses the classical topics of logic – schemes of argumentation, syllogisms, fallacies and propositional logic – always with the use of practical legal examples. This book pays special attention to the role of logic in rhetoric too, as any lawyer would want others to accept the argument. Furthermore, this book has an in-depth section which discusses insights from modern logic – such as predicate logic and modal logic – again while using practical legal examples.

This makes it an indispensable reference work for every legal practitioner.

Subjects:
Legal Skills and Method
Contents:
1. Dare to think
PART I – INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC FOR LAWYERS
2. Pro-et-contra surveys
3. The syllogism
4. Fallacies
5. A formal language
6. Propositional logic
7. Testing consistency and validity – The tableau method
8. Logic and rhetoric
PART II – EXTENSIONS AND ALTERNATIVES
9. Modern logic
10. Predicate logic
11. Modal logic
POSTSCRIPT AND APPENDICES
12. Postscript – The value of not knowing
Appendix I – Truth tables
Appendix II – Rules of inference for the tableau method
Appendix III – Stepwise testing of consistency and validity using the tableau method
Appendix IV – Rules of inference in natural deduction: propositional logic
Appendix V – Rules of inference in natural deduction: predicate logic
Appendix VI – Suggestions for further reading
Word of thanks
References 185
Index