An Integrated View on Rules and Principles

  title={An Integrated View on Rules and Principles},
  author={Bart Verheij and Jaap Hage and H. Jaap van den Herik},
  journal={Artificial Intelligence and Law},
In the law, it is generally acknowledged that there are intuitive differences between reasoning with rules and reasoning with principles. For instance, a rule seems to lead directly to its conclusion if its condition is satisfied, while a principle seems to lead merely to a reason for its conclusion. However, the implications of these intuitive differences for the logical status of rules and principles remain controversial. A radical opinion has been put forward by Dworkin (1978). The intuitive… CONTINUE READING