Originally published in 1949, An Introduction to Legal Reasoning is widely acknowledged as a classic text. As its opening sentence states, “This is an attempt to describe generally the process of legal reasoning in the field of case law and in the interpretation of statutes and of the Constitution.” In elegant and lucid prose, Edward H. Levi does just that in a concise manner, providing an intellectual foundation for generations of students as well as general readers.
For this edition, the book includes a substantial new foreword by leading contemporary legal scholar Frederick Schauer that helpfully places this foundational book into its historical and legal contexts, explaining its continuing value and relevance to understanding the role of analogical reasoning in the law. This volume will continue to be of great value to students of logic, ethics, and political philosophy, as well as to members of the legal profession and everyone concerned with problems of government and jurisprudence.
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Edward H. Levi (1911–2000) was attorney general of the United States from 1975 to 1977, president of the University of Chicago, and dean of the University of Chicago Law School.
“An Introduction to Legal Reasoning was when published an important contribution to the distinctively American view of legal argument, legal reasoning, legal decision making, and legal thought. It remains so to this day, and by no means solely for historical reasons.”
(Frederick Schauer, from the foreword)
“Few volumes of such small bulk contain so much matter for thought.”
(Law Quarterly Review)
“Edward H. Levi’s book promises a more real realism and augurs well for the science of law.”
“A first rate contribution to jurisprudence.”
(Judge Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr.)
"A splendid job, one which soreley needed doing."
(Judge Jerome N. Frank)
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