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Argumentation 16 (1):111-133 (2002)
|Abstract||Legal argumentation, like argumentation generally, occurs against a background of shared understanding and competence. This view, inspired by Kuhn's understanding of scientific reasoning, is in stark contrast to more traditional ârule-followingâ accounts of legal argumentation. Below I consider reasons to reject the more traditional view of legal reasoning in favor of a roughly Kuhnian account of legal reasoning and conclude by raising skeptical questions about the cogency of legal reasoning when the tacitly accepted background conditions that make it possible are not critically examined|
|Keywords||Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas Bush v. Gore legal argumentation paradigm precedent rule following|
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