- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: LexisNexis / National Institute for Trial Advocacy; 3rd edition (June 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556815387
- ISBN-13: 978-1556815386
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm an attorney and did not have the benefit of Judge Aldisert's wisdom until after graduation. But he explained many murky concepts that I had only vaguely understood. Before reading the book, I could tell you that one argument was better than another; now I can put my finger on why. This book is for anyone who wants to improve his or her legal reasoning skills.
This book's outstanding revelation to me was neither its (useful) discussion of deductive or inductive reasoning (which, to me, were comparatively elementary), nor syllogistic reasoning (which to me was not only elementary but problematic).
The book's discussion of "formal" fallacies, including syllogisms, is interesting and worthwhile, and knowledge of the existence of these formal fallacies is important. However, I question the need, as a criteria of reasoning validity, of strict, universal application of these formal reasoning structures to an analysis and evaluation of judicial opinions or practical legal reasoning.
This book's blockbuster revelation to me was its discussion of "informal" fallacies, including the need for developing one's skill in recognizing or spotting "informal" fallacies in the reasoning of others - and in avoiding the commission of "informal" fallacies in one's own reasoning.
Other reviewers of this book comment on the need for studying a course on logic, as an adjunct to this book. I agree, with a qualification. I feel the greatest need, in practical or legal reasoning, is for treatises providing in-depth analysis of each "informal" fallacy. Fortunately, such treatises are now beginning to appear.
Another significant deficiency in modern logic textbooks is their failure to provide compelling and unique examples of the "informal" fallacies noted (on a theoretical basis) in these textbooks. In this area of illustrative examples, Judge Aldisert's book contains a treasure trove of numerous examples of "informal" fallacies, the value of which is enhanced by the fact that they are all discussed in the context of judicial opinions from court cases, which Judge Aldisert quotes in his text.
No matter how many treatises regarding "informal" fallacies which have now appeared and will now appear in the future, Judge Aldisert's book will always remain on my bookshelf - this book remains my "first stop" in my search for relevant issues of "legal logic."
My award of "five stars" to this book is not because this book is definitive (it is not), but because it is seminal, and in my heart and mind, is a classic, and remains an indispensable, introductory overview to any prospective law student or practitioner.
The only qualm, is that one should have a logic background, if at all possible. I took a logic class in undergrad, so this book was a refresher in some areas and explained how to apply those unearthed principles to the law. As previously mentioned, an average layman can understand some of the concepts, but in the more advanced areas of the book, having a background in logic would help tremendously and preclude the book from sounding too much like a text/casebook.
For those of us without a formal logic background (e.g. mathematics, philosophy), logic can be challenging. As a young law student and now as a recent graduate, this book was incredibly helpful to me. There are so many books out there that discuss how to do well in law school, but I truly believe that a logic-based approach to studying is the best way to go. Why does the Socratic method matter? Why do some arguments seem so much stronger, in terms of structure, than others? How do you test arguments and proof them against attack? Understanding and mastering deduction, induction and other logical tools will always serve you well.
Read it, read it, and reread it again. Judge Aldisert has had a long and distinguished career; this little-known book may be one of his greatest accomplishments. Thank you, Judge.