Legal Reasoning (2nd Edition)
by Christopher Enright
This book is written as an underpinning of the author's book Legal Method, which describes methods for working with law. These methods describe how to organise law, form law (that is make and interpret law), use law (in litigation and transactions) and communicate law (by writing and reading). This book seeks to justify the methods for organising, forming and using law by demonstrating that they are based on sound reasoning. To this end it explains how each method derives from one or more of several means of thinking or acquiring understanding. These consist of conditional statements, deduction, induction, abduction, inference, probability, observation and policy.
Having surveyed the terrains of rationality, the text then demonstrates how these forms or expression of rationality can be used to derive the ways of organising, forming and using law that are described in Legal Method.
658 pages softcover
About the Author
Christopher Enright is a chartered accountant, barrister and solicitor. He has lectured in law at several universities. He specialises in legal method.