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Arguing About Cases as Practical Reasoning Katie Atkinson, Trevor Bench-Capon and Peter McBurney
 

Summary: Arguing About Cases as Practical Reasoning
Katie Atkinson, Trevor Bench-Capon and Peter McBurney
Department of Computer Science
University of Liverpool
Liverpool L69 3BX, UK
{k.m.atkinson,tbc,p.j.mcburney}@csc.liv.ac.uk
ABSTRACT
In this paper we apply a general account of practical reasoning
to arguing about legal cases. In particular, we describe how the
reasoning in one very well known property law case can be re-
constructed in terms of our account. We begin by summarising
our general approach which uses instantiations of an argumenta-
tion scheme to provide presumptive justifications for actions, and
critical questions to identify arguments which attack these justifica-
tions. These arguments and attacks are organised into argumenta-
tion frameworks to identify the status of individual arguments. Dif-
ferent beliefs about, and perspectives on, the issue are represented
by different agents based on the Belief-Desire-Intention model, and
conditions under which these agents may advance justifications and
attack them are described. We model the different views of our case

  

Source: Atkinson, Katie - Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool
McBurney, Peter - Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences