Analysis of Dis/Agreement — with particular reference to Law and Legal Theory

  • Svein Eng

Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 66)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-24
  3. Some fundamental types of proposition about what something is

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      Pages 25-25
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      Pages 27-55
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      Pages 56-269
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      Pages 270-286
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      Pages 287-292
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      Pages 293-311
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      Pages 367-367
  4. Topics from the assessment of tenability

  5. Some forms of language and argumentation that often make it unclear which type of proposition one is confronted with; in particular on the flight from the normative proposition

  6. Reconstruction and redefinition: a distinct and widespread combination of the fundamental proposition types

  7. Conclusion

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      Pages 549-556
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 557-610

About this book


In order to determine whether two participants in a discussion are in real dis/agreement, one must compare their propositions. Comparison presupposes yardsticks in common. Analysis of Dis/agreement thematises such yardsticks, in that it demonstrates the existence, content and factual significance of a relatively well-delimited set of proposition types and proposition patterns, with their accompanying tenability criteria and motivating interests. The book is a work in the field of legal theory by virtue of its demonstrating how lawyers' power of judgement is constituted in and through these yardsticks. The book is interdisciplinary by virtue of its demonstrating how the same yardsticks come into play more generally in argumentation formulated in everyday language, i.e. independently of law. And the book is a work in the field of philosophy by virtue of its demonstrating the existence and factual significance of language and argumentation actions with a certain independence in relation to the level of controversial fundamental philosophical positions.


Argumentation language legal theory philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Svein Eng
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OsloNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6370-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0381-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-4395
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