Witness Testimony Evidence: Argumentation, Artificial Intelligence, and Law

Cambridge University Press (2008)

Douglas Walton
University of Windsor
Recent work in artificial intelligence has increasingly turned to argumentation as a rich, interdisciplinary area of research that can provide new methods related to evidence and reasoning in the area of law. Douglas Walton provides an introduction to basic concepts, tools and methods in argumentation theory and artificial intelligence as applied to the analysis and evaluation of witness testimony. He shows how witness testimony is by its nature inherently fallible and sometimes subject to disastrous failures. At the same time such testimony can provide evidence that is not only necessary but inherently reasonable for logically guiding legal experts to accept or reject a claim. Walton shows how to overcome the traditional disdain for witness testimony as a type of evidence shown by logical positivists, and the views of trial sceptics who doubt that trial rules deal with witness testimony in a way that yields a rational decision-making process
Keywords Law Methodology  Witnesses  Evidence (Law  Reasoning  Artificial intelligence  Relevance (Philosophy
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Call number K213.W355 2008
ISBN(s) 9780521881432   0521881439
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