Lesson 14

Logic and Legal Reasoning


Download the handout Logic and Law.  Read it carefully.  Focus on the definition of the position of the mechanical jurist and how that position relates to the formal study of logic.  Think of current political discussions about the nature and role of the judiciary in our democracy (e.g., the claim "judges should interpret the law, not make it) and evaluate those claims in light of the readings.  Discuss the readings on the bulletin board.