Virtù e ragionamento giuridico

Translated title of the contribution: Virtue and legal reasoning

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Abstract / Description of output

This article aims to develop an application of virtue theory to the domain of legal reasoning. It argues that a virtue-based theory of legal reasoning illuminates some key aspects of legal reasoning that are peripheral in the standard, principle-based, theories of legal reasoning. More specifically, it claims that a virtue-centered theory of legal reasoning emphasizes the importance of fitting one's judgment to the particulars of the case, brings to light the emotional and perceptual dimensions of legal argument, and highlights the relevance of description and specification for sound legal reasoning. The paper concludes by suggesting that a virtue perspective on legal reasoning shows that there are important connections between theories of legal ethics and theories of legal reasoning, thereby leading to a significant expansion of the field.
Translated title of the contributionVirtue and legal reasoning
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)9-32
JournalArs Interpretandi: Journal of Legal Hermeneutics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • virtue
  • emotion
  • practical wisdom
  • particularism
  • specificationism


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