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Legal Reasoning 

Legal Reasoning

Written by: Martin P. Golding

Series: Encore Editions

Publication Date: January 01, 2001
149pp • Paperback
ISBN: 9781551114224 / 1551114224

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In a book that is a blend of text and readings, Martin P. Golding explores legal reasoning from a variety of angles-including that of judicial psychology. The primary focus, however, is on the ‘logic' of judicial decision making. How do judges justify their decisions? What sort of arguments do they use? In what ways do they rely on legal precedent? Golding includes a wide variety of cases, as well as a brief bibliographic essay (updated for this Broadview Encore Edition).


"Golding's Legal Reasoning is not only the best book in its field, but the only book of its kind." - Professor Ronald Moore, University of Washington

Martin P. Golding is Professor of Philosophy and Law at Duke University.

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I The Study of Legal Reasoning

Discovery and Justification in Science and Law

Explanatory and Justifying Reasons

Reasoned Decisions



II Types of Legal Argument

Two Perspectives: An Interpretation

Forms of Argument

Argument By Analogy

Kinds of Reasons

Practical Reasoning

Conflicting Decisions



III Precedent and Analogy

Adherence to Precedent

Argument by Analogy: Interpretations and revision

Case Law Development



Bibliographic essay. (Updated for the Broadview edition)



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Legal Reasoning

2001 • 149pp • Paperback • 9781551114224 / 1551114224

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