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Witness Testimony Evidence: Argumentation and the Law 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0521881439
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Book Description

Recent work in artificial intelligence has increasingly turned to argumentation as a rich, interdisciplinary area of research. In this book, Douglas Walton provides an introduction to basic concepts, tools, and methods in argumentation theory and artificial intelligence as applied to the analysis and evaluation of witness testimony.

About the Author

Douglas Walton is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Winnipeg. An internationally recognised scholar of argumentation theory and logic, he is the author of many books, most recently Argumentation Methods for Artificial Intelligence in Law and Fundamentals of Critical Argumentation. Dr. Walton's research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Isaak Walton Killum Memorial Foundation.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (November 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521881439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521881432
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,822,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Jaksetic on April 28, 2008
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Professor Walton's book is not for the casual reader looking for a quick or easy introduction to witness testimony. But, it is a very interesting book for anyone willing to patiently follow a methodical exploration of the nature of witness testimony. As a philosopher, Professor Walton brings a perspective to the subject of witness testimony that is very different than many lawyers probably would have, but it is a perspective that is worthwhile to consider. There are various books on questioning witnesses (e.g., Francis Wellman's The Art of Cross-Examination, or Peter Brown's The Art of Questioning: Thirty Maxims of Cross Examination (PAPERBACK) that provide good examples of how many lawyers approach cross-examination of witnesses. Professor Walton's book is very different, providing a conceptual framework for considering witness testimony and evaluating its strengths and weaknesses as evidence.

A lawyer looking for a different perspective on witness testimony might find Professor Walton's analysis worth considering. A nonlawyer interested in understanding some of the pros and cons of witness testimony might find the book worth a try. A person interested in argumentation theory might like to see how someone applies it in a particular subject area. A person interested in artificial intelligence and the law might find Professor Walton's discussion of various AI projects useful, probably as a brief introduction, but more likely as leads to more technical discussions of the subject.
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