Formal models of coherence and legal epistemology

Amalia Amaya*

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This paper argues that formal models of coherence are useful for constructing a legal epistemology. Two main formal approaches to coherence are examined: coherence-based models of belief revision and the theory of coherence as constraint satisfaction. It is shown that these approaches shed light on central aspects of a coherentist legal epistemology, such as the concept of coherence, the dynamics of coherentist justification in law, and the mechanisms whereby coherence may be built in the course of legal decision-making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-447
Number of pages19
JournalArtificial Intelligence and Law
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • belief revision
  • coherence
  • constraint satisfaction
  • legal epistemology


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