Syllogism and Defeasibilty: A Comment on Neil Maccormick's Rhetoric and the Rule of Law

Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, Vol. 59, pp. 20-31

EUI Law Working Paper No. 2006/23

18 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2007 Last revised: 24 Dec 2013

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Giovanni Sartor

European University Institute Law Department

Date Written: September 1, 2006

Abstract

This paper provides a review of Rhetoric and the Rule of Law, by Neil MacCormick, focussing on the role of logic in legal reasoning. In particular it considers the connection between syllogism, formal methods and rhetoric, and it distinguishes various aspects of legal defeasibility.

Keywords: legal theory, rule of law

Suggested Citation

Sartor, Giovanni, Syllogism and Defeasibilty: A Comment on Neil Maccormick's Rhetoric and the Rule of Law (September 1, 2006). EUI Law Working Paper No. 2006/23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=963324

Giovanni Sartor (Contact Author)

European University Institute Law Department ( email )

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