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Advanced Introduction to Legal Reasoning

Larry Alexander Emily Sherwin

This insightful and highly readable Advanced Introduction provides a succinct, yet comprehensive, overview of legal reasoning, covering both reasoning from canonical texts and legal decision-making in the absence of rules. Overall, it argues that there are only two methods by which judges decide legal disputes: deductive reasoning from rules and unconstrained moral, practical, and empirical reasoning.


HB: 9781789903140
PB: 9781789903164
EISBN: 9781789903157

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Acclaim for the second edition of Advanced Introduction to Law and Development:

‘In an eminently lucid book, Alexander and Sherwin argue that legal reasoning is just not special or distinct. Whether or not one agrees with their claim, no one reading their wonderful and engaging book can escape the conclusion that their reasoning, and their book, are quite special. Perhaps their book could have been called “Advanced Introduction to Reasoning”.’

– Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash, University of Virginia, US