A Pragma-Dialectical Approach of the Analysis and Evaluation of Pragmatic Argumentation in a Legal Context

Argumentation 16 (3):349-367 (2002)
This paper answers the question how pragmatic argumentation which occurs in a legal context, can be analyzed and evaluated adequately. First, the author surveys various ideas taken from argumentation theory and legal theory on the analysis and evaluation of pragmatic argumentation. Then, on the basis of these ideas, she develops a pragma-dialectical instrument for analyzing and evaluating pragmatic argumentation in a legal context. Finally she demonstrates how this instrument can be used by giving an exemplary analysis and evaluation of pragmatic argumentation in a decision of the Dutch Supreme Court
Keywords argumentation theory  causal argumentation  consequentialist argumentation  evaluation of argumentation  legal argumentation  legal interpretation  policy arguments  practical syllogism in legal argumentation  pragmatic argumentation  teleological argumentation
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DOI 10.1023/A:1019999606665
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