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Law, Truth, and Reason

A Treatise on Legal Argumentation

Authors: Siltala, Raimo

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  • An innovative contribution to analytic jurisprudence
  • Suggests a new definition of coherence in law 
  • Makes a major contribution to key areas in law and jurisprudence
  • Provides a new definition of legal interpretation
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This book is an innovative contribution to analytical jurisprudence. 
It is mainly based on the distinct premises of linguistic philosophy and Carnapian semantics, but also addresses the issues of institutional philosophy, social pragmatism, and legal principles as envisioned by Dworkin, among others. Wróblewski´s three ideologies (bound/free/legal and rational) and Makkonen´s three situations (isomorphic/semantically vague/normative gap) of judicial decision-making are further developed by means of 10 frames of legal analysis as discerned by the author. With the philosophical theories of truth serving as a reference, the frames of legal analysis include the isomorphic theory of law (Wittgenstein, Makkonen), the coherence theory of law (Alexy, Peczenik, Dworkin), the new rhetoric and legal argumentation theory (Perelman, Aarnio), social consequentialism (Posner), natural law theory (Fuller, Finnis), and the sequential model of legal reasoning by Neil MacCormick and the Bielefelder Kreis. 
At the end, some key issues of legal metaphysics are addressed, like the notion of legal systematics and the future potential of the analytical approach in jurisprudence.

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“In his relatively short book, Raimo Siltala, professor in jurisprudence at the University of Turku, Finland, tackles the perennial theme of assessing the mutual relations among law, truth and language. … I highly recommend the reading of Siltala’s account of law, truth and reason. It provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the subject, locates its central ideas, and raises a number of thought-provoking questions.” (Carlo Marmo, Cogency, Vol. 4 (2), 2012)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-27

    Siltala, Raimo

  • An Isomorphic Theory of Law: A Relation of Structural Similarity Between the Two Fact-Constellations Compared

    Pages 29-51

    Siltala, Raimo

  • Coherence Theory of Law: Shared Congruence Among Arguments Drawn from the Institutional and Societal Sources of Law

    Pages 53-78

    Siltala, Raimo

  • “Between the Evident and the Irrational”: The New Rhetoric and Legal Argumentation Theory

    Pages 79-95

    Siltala, Raimo

  • Philosophical Pragmatism: Law, Judged in Light of Its Social Effects

    Pages 97-112

    Siltala, Raimo

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eBook $129.00
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Hardcover $169.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Law, Truth, and Reason
Book Subtitle
A Treatise on Legal Argumentation
Authors
Series Title
Law and Philosophy Library
Series Volume
97
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1872-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1872-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1871-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3796-9
Series ISSN
1572-4395
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 290
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