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
Date Written: September 1, 2006
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
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