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What is the Theory Legal Argumentation For?

  • Manuel AtienzaEmail author
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Abstract

The paper aims to present the legal theories of legal argumentation constructed in the last century, organised into two groups: the precursors (Viehweg, Perelman and Toulmin) and the authors of the standard theory (MacCormick and Alexy). Then, some criticisms about all these conceptions are presented. And finally, an outline of a theory of legal argumentation is made, capable of overcoming some of the previous criticisms. The fundamental idea for this is to build a very abstract concept of argumentation that could then allow various interpretations or conceptions of legal argumentation. From here, one would be in a position to find an answer to the three main argumentative questions raised by legal practice: how to analyse an argument, how to evaluate it, how to argue.

Keywords

Legal argumentation Legal theory Justification Legal syllogism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AlicanteAlicanteSpain

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