Legal Progress Through Pragma-Dialectics? Prospects Beyond Analogy and E Contrario

Argumentation 19 (4):497-507 (2005)

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Pragma-dialectical approaches to legal argumentation seem to be rather different from traditional approaches appealing to standards of propositional logic. Pragma-dialectical analysis of arguments by analogy and e contrario seem to fall foul to the rigors of logical analysis, in which problems or even concepts of analogy and e contrario seem to disappear. The brunt of both types of special legal argumentation appears to be borne by often implicit general principles and an appeal to the system of the law as a whole. Still, pragma-dialectics and logical analysis of legal argument are best seen as fruitfully supplementing each other in ongoing research of ever evolving legal argument
Keywords analogy   e contrario  legal argument  pragma-dialectics  propositional logic
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DOI 10.1007/s10503-005-0527-6
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