Review - 'Witness Testimony Evidence: Argumentation, Artificial Intelligence, and Law' by Douglas Walton

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008

U of Alabama Public Law Research Paper No. 1461434

9 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2009

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Michael S. Pardo

University of Alabama School of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

This review essay discusses Douglas Walton's recent book, Witness Testimony Evidence (Cambridge University Press, 2007). The book examines how testimony functions as evidence in law, and it explores various ways in which the structure of testimonial evidence (and the inferences drawn from it) may be modeled formally. The book also discusses the philosophical issues underlying the formal models as well as those underlying reasoning from testimonial evidence more generally. This essay situates the book's analysis within evidence scholarship, summarizes its chapters, and discusses some important limitations on the type of formal analysis pursued.

Keywords: witness, testimony, argumentation theory, formal dialectical models, artificial intelligence, abduction, plausibilistic reasoning

Suggested Citation

Pardo, Michael S., Review - 'Witness Testimony Evidence: Argumentation, Artificial Intelligence, and Law' by Douglas Walton (2008). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008; U of Alabama Public Law Research Paper No. 1461434. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1461434 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1461434

Michael S. Pardo (Contact Author)

University of Alabama School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 870382
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
United States

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