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The Tapestry of Reason

An Inquiry into the Nature of Coherence and its Role in Legal Argument

By: Amalia Amaya
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Published: 29-06-2017
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 648
ISBN: 9781509915460
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: European Academy of Legal Theory Series
RRP: £37.99
 

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About The Tapestry of Reason

In recent years coherence theories of law and adjudication have been extremely influential in legal scholarship. These theories significantly advance the case for coherentism in law. Nonetheless, there remain a number of problems in the coherence theory in law. This ambitious new work makes the first concerted attempt to develop a coherence-based theory of legal reasoning, and in so doing addresses, or at least mitigates these problems. The book is organized in three parts. The first part provides a critical analysis of the main coherentist approaches to both normative and factual reasoning in law. The second part investigates the coherence theory in a number of fields that are relevant to law: coherence theories of epistemic justification, coherentist approaches to belief revision and theory-choice in science, coherence theories of practical and moral reasoning and coherence-based approaches to discourse interpretation. Taking this interdisciplinary analysis as a starting point, the third part develops a coherence-based model of legal reasoning. While this model builds upon the standard theory of legal reasoning, it also leads to rethinking some of the basic assumptions that characterize this theory, and suggests some lines along which it may be further developed. Thus, ultimately, the book not only improves upon the current state of coherence theory in law, but also contributes to the larger debate about how to articulate a theory of legal reasoning that results in better decision-making.

Table Of Contents

PART I. LEGAL COHERENTISM
1. Normative Coherence, Justification and Interpretation
2. Coherence, Evidence and Proof
PART II. INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES
3. Coherence, Knowledge and Justification
4. Explanatory Coherentism
5. Coherence and Belief Dynamics
6. Is Coherence Truth-Conducive?
7. Practical Coherence
8. Beyond Reflective Equilibrium
9. Discourse Coherence
PART III. COHERENCE AND REASON IN LAW
10. A Coherence Theory of Legal Reasoning

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