Session 3.2.2

Analogical reasoning (“ana-logic”) (Scott Brewer and Giovanni Sartor)

Wednesday, July 18, second afternoon session: 15h40 – 17h.

NB: This session has been moved to Thursday, July 19, second afternoon session: 15h40-17h.

Themes covered in this session:

  1. Analogical reasoning: an explanation of the basic invariant structure of reasoning by analogy, with exercises for representing analogical (and disanalogical) legal arguments
  2. Analogical argument in example-based, case-based and casuistic arguments


  • Scott Brewer, Ana-logic(link)


  • Brewer, Exemplary Reasoning: Semantics, Pragmatics, and the Rational Force of Legal Reasoning By Analogy (especially Parts I, IV, V, VI, VII, and VIII) (link)


  • Monge v Beebe Rubber Company (link)
  • Howard v Dorr Woolen Co (link)
  • Cloutier v A and P (link)
  • McBoyle vs United States (link)

Optional readings

  • Sinnott-Armstrong and Fogelin, Understanding Arguments, 8th ed., pages 267-76
  • Jay Rosenberg, The Practice of Philosophy, chapter 2 (link)

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