Friday, June 29, 2012

John F. Sowa on Analogy

Many observers have said that analogy plays an important role in legal reasoning.

John F. Sowa makes the following interesting comment:

Formal reasoning is based on a disciplined use of analogy:
  • Induction:  Generalize multiple cases to create rules or axioms.
  •  Deduction:  Match (unify) a new case with part of some rule or axiom.
  • Abduction:  Form a hypothesis based on aspects of similar cases.


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