Argumentation 19 (4):485-496 (2005)

This contribution offers an evaluation of e contrario reasoning in which the interpretation of a legal rule is based on the context of the law system . A model is presented which will show all the explicit and implicit elements of the argument at work and will also point out how these distinct parts are interrelated. By questioning the content and justificatory power of these elements, the weak spots in the argument can be laid bare. It will be argued that e contrario reasoning inevitably requires a dubious argumentative step, which renders the argument intrinsically weak. The model is applied to a European lawsuit on French cheese
Keywords argument of silence  argumentation  contextual-harmonization argument  e contrario reasoning  evaluation  law  legal context  legal interpretation  pragma-dialectics  types of argument
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