Burden of Proof, Presumption and Argumentation

by Douglas Walton

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  • 9781107046627
  • 9781139950480
  • 9781139949439
The notion of burden of proof and its companion notion of presumption are central to argumentation studies. This book argues that we can learn a lot from how the courts have developed procedures over the years for allocating and reasoning with presumptions and burdens of proof, and from how artificial intelligence has built precise formal and computational systems to represent this kind of reasoning. The book provides a model of reasoning with burden of proof and presumption, based on analyses of many clearly explained legal and non-legal examples. The model is shown to fit cases of everyday conversational argumentation as well as argumentation in legal cases. Burden of proof determines (1) under what conditions an arguer is obliged to support a claim with an argument that backs it up and (2) how strong that argument needs to be to prove the claim in question.

  • Cambridge University Press; June 2014
  • ISBN: 9781139950480
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  • Title: Burden of Proof, Presumption and Argumentation
  • Author: Douglas Walton
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107046627
  • 9781139950480
  • 9781139949439

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'Douglas Walton has done it again. This important and timely book should be read by everyone concerned with the health and state of argumentation in a world that seems devoid of reasoning.' Ian I. Mitroff, Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, University of California, Berkeley