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The force of logic : using formal logic as a tool in the craft of legal argument

Rice, Stephen M. (Stephen Matthew), 1969- author

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  • Creator Stephen M. Rice
  • Format Books
  • Publication Boulder, CO : National Institute for Trial Advocacy, [2017]
  • Physical Details
    • xv, 273 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
  • ISBNs 1601566093, 9781601566096
  • OCLC ocn966410485


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Ancient rules of logic and a new perspective on argument -- Logic and the tools of disciplined, creative legal argument -- Formal logic and its role in litigation -- The rules of formal logic and the logical fallacy -- The fallacy of denying the antecedent -- The fallacy of affirming the consequent -- The fallacy of the undistributed middle term -- The fallacy of the illicit process -- The fallacy of the negative premise -- The fallacy of affirming a disjunct -- A fallacy-based perspective on legal argumentation for litigators and judges -- Logic's value to lawyers who solve legal problems with argument