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Expert Systems in Law: A Jurisprudential Inquiry

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R E Susskind
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310 pages
This examination of the role of expert systems in law explains the potential uses of these interactive computer programs that are developed with the help of legal experts and designed to assist general legal practitioners in solving legal problems that go beyond their range of knowledge.
The discussion emphasizes that all such systems make assumptions about the nature of law and legal reasoning. It describes and compares current projects in the field and analyzes the concepts that are central to expert systems in law. The text focuses on the jurisprudential problems of the structure of legal rules, the individuation of law, the relationship of logic to the law, and the nature of legal knowledge and reasoning. The discussion concludes that no theoretical obstacles exist to the development of rule-based systems of limited scope and uses examples from contemporary writings and from an analysis of a prototype expert system that operates in divorce law in Scotland. Footnotes, index, and 379 references.


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