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Book review Artificial Intelligence and Law 2:315-323, 1994. Alexander E. Silverman. Mind, Machine, and Metaphor: An Essay on Artificial Intelligence and Legal Reasoning. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1993. i + 144pp. ISBN 0-8133-8575-X. $52.50 Introduction Silverman's book Mind, Machine, and Metaphor does justice both to its title and to the series, New Perspectives on Law, Culture, and Society, in which it appeared. The author holds that metaphors are 'essential to human thought and language, and in particular to the process of jurisprudential theory-building' (p. 2). With this starting point in mind, Silverman takes a number of metaphors of the human mind from Artificial Intelligence and uses them to offer us some new perspectives on the phenomenon of law. The result- ing metaphors of the law do not purport to describe what the law is, but rather 'how law may be seen in new and potentially useful ways' (p. 2). The book is organized as follows. After an introduction, some of the AI paradigms are discussed in chapter 2. Chapter 3 gives a discussion of the vehicle-in-the park problem, to point out the limitations of the symbol processing approach to AI, and to develop the notions of indeterminacy, open texture and essential http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Artificial Intelligence and Law Springer Journals

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Springer Journals
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Subject
Computer Science; Artificial Intelligence; IT Law, Media Law, Intellectual Property; Philosophy of Law; Legal Aspects of Computing; Information Storage and Retrieval
ISSN
0924-8463
eISSN
1572-8382
DOI
10.1007/BF00871974
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Artificial Intelligence and Law 2:315-323, 1994. Alexander E. Silverman. Mind, Machine, and Metaphor: An Essay on Artificial Intelligence and Legal Reasoning. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1993. i + 144pp. ISBN 0-8133-8575-X. $52.50 Introduction Silverman's book Mind, Machine, and Metaphor does justice both to its title and to the series, New Perspectives on Law, Culture, and Society, in which it appeared. The author holds that metaphors are 'essential to human thought and language, and in particular to the process of jurisprudential theory-building' (p. 2). With this starting point in mind, Silverman takes a number of metaphors of the human mind from Artificial Intelligence and uses them to offer us some new perspectives on the phenomenon of law. The result- ing metaphors of the law do not purport to describe what the law is, but rather 'how law may be seen in new and potentially useful ways' (p. 2). The book is organized as follows. After an introduction, some of the AI paradigms are discussed in chapter 2. Chapter 3 gives a discussion of the vehicle-in-the park problem, to point out the limitations of the symbol processing approach to AI, and to develop the notions of indeterminacy, open texture and essential

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Artificial Intelligence and LawSpringer Journals

Published: Dec 7, 2004

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