Session 01.1.1

Introduction: Perceptions of cooperation and clash of logic and law – opening thoughts about the utilities of logic for law (Scott Brewer, Giovanni Sartor)

Themes Covered in this session:

  1. Introduction to the method of studying law and logic in the course

projections and postings

Brewer, “How To Do Virtuous Things With Arguments: Introduction to the Logocratic Method”)

Brewer, Logocratic Analysis of Monge v. Beebe Rubber Co.

Assigned readings

  • Brewer, How To Do Virtuous Things With Arguments: Introduction to the Logocratic Method
  • Monge v Beebe Rubber Company
  • Old Chief v United States
  • Knapp v State

Optional readings:

  • Grice, Logic and Conversation
  • Sinnott-Armstrong, W. and Fogelin, R. J. ([2006] 2010). Understanding Arguments: An Introduction to Informal Logic. Wadsworth, Ch.1
  • Holmes, O.W. The Path of the law
  • Sainsbury, M. (2001). Logical Forms: An Introduction to Philosophical Logic. Blackwell, Oxford. Ch 1
  • Pollock, J.L. Logic: An Introduction to the Formal Study of Reasoning
  • Brewer, S. Traversing Holmes’s Path Toward a Jurisprudence of Logical Form
  • Alchourron, C. E. (1996). On law and logic. Ratio Juris, 9:331–48.
  • Fallacies (link)
  • Logic in Action (website)
  • Logic in Action (PDF file, including answers to the exercises)
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