The tapestry of reason : an inquiry into the nature of coherence and its role in legal argument /
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The tapestry of reason : an inquiry into the nature of coherence and its role in legal argument /

"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, in the field of coherence theory in law a number of problems remain. This ambitious new work makes...

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Main Author: Amaya, Amalia (Author)
Corporate Author: PALCI EBSCO books
Format: Online Book
Published: Oxford, United Kingdom : Hart Publishing, [2015]
Series:European Academy of Legal Theory series.
Access:Online version
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Table of Contents:
  • Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Acknowledgements; Contents; Introduction; PART I: LEGAL COHERENTISM; 1. Normative Coherence, Justification and Interpretation; I. Coherence and Rationality in Legal Reasoning; II. A Weigh and Balance Model for Legal Coherence; III. Integrity, Holism and Interpretation; IV. Objections Against Coherence Theories of Legal Reasoning about Norms; V. Conclusions; 2. Coherence, Evidence and Proof; I. Probabilism and Evidential Reasoning in Law; II. Holistic Theories of Evidence and Legal Proof; III. Coherence and the Psychology of Legal Decision-Making.
  • IV. Narrative Coherence in Legal Reasoning about FactsV. Critiques to Coherence Theories of Fact-Reasoning in Law; VI. Conclusions; PART II: INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES; 3. Coherence, Knowledge and Justification; I. Coherence, Foundations and the Structure of Epistemic Justification; II. BonJour's Epistemic Coherentism; III. Lehrer's Coherence Theory of Knowledge; IV. The Current State of the Coherence Theory of Epistemic Justification; V. Contextualism, Coherence and Epistemic Justification; VI. Conclusions; 4. Explanatory Coherentism; I. Explanationism.
  • II. Coherence as Constraint SatisfactionIII. The Theory of Explanatory Coherence; IV. Non-Explanatory Kinds of Coherence; V.A Unified Account of Coherence-based Inference; VI. Challenges to Explanatory Coherentism; VII. Conclusions; 5. Coherence and Belief Dynamics; I. The AGM Model; II. AGM as a Coherence Theory of Belief Revision; III. Hansson's Theory of Semi-Revision; IV. Olsson on Coherence and Belief Revision; V. Belief Revision and Coherentist Epistemology; VI. Conclusions; 6. Is Coherence Truth-Conducive; I. Coherence, Realism and Anti-Realism; II. Coherence, Truth and Interpretation.
  • III. Probability, Coherence and TruthIV. The Problem of Metajustification; V. Conclusions; 7. Practical Coherence; I. Specificationism; II. Coherentist Case-based Deliberation; III. Inference to the Most Coherent Plan; IV. Conclusions; 8. Beyond Reflective Equilibrium; I. The Method of Reflective Equilibrium; II. Balance and Refinement; III. Reasoning from Analogy and Difference; IV. Ethical Coherence as Constraint Satisfaction; V. Coherence, Truth and Objectivity in Ethics; VI. Conclusions; 9. Discourse Coherence; I. The Notion of Coherence in Discourse Theory.
  • II. Theories of Discourse CoherenceIII. Coherence, Knowledge and Inference; IV. A Relevance Critique to Coherence Theories of Discourse; V. Coherence, Context and Rationality; VI. Conclusions; PART III: COHERENCE AND REASON IN LAW; 10. A Coherence Theory of Legal Reasoning; I. Redrawing a Map of Problems; II. The Building Blocks of the Coherence Theory; III. Legal Coherence as Constraint Satisfaction; IV. Inference to the Best Legal Explanation; V. Legal Justification by Optimal Coherence; VI. Coherence in Context; VII. The Problems of Coherentism Revisited; VIII. The Reasons for Coherence.