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The book Multimodality and Reasonableness in Judicial Rhetoric, edited by Maurizio Manzin, Federico Puppo and Serena Tomasi, is the second issue of the Studies on argumentation & legal Philosophy series.

As written by Maurizio Manzin in his Preface, the book includes a selection of papers discussed in Trento during the conference «Visual Argumentation & Reasonableness in Judicial Debate», that was held on June, 17th-19th 2015.

In the first part of the volume, Leo Groarke (University of Trent, Canada), Gabrijela Kišiček (University of Zagreb, Croatia) and Paul van den Hoven (University of Utrecht, Netherlands) give a wide over-view on “multimodal arguing”, following the idea that, particularly in recent times and in a globalized world, communication is attained more rapidly and effectively by images and other non-verbal means than by words.

In the second part of the volume, the Authors (who are all scholars in law) deepen issues dealing with that peculiar kind of debate which is developed in the legal decision-making process. Christian Dahlman (University of Lund, Sweden) writes on the assessment of legal evi-dence in criminal trials and explores the use of generalizations. Marko Novak (European Faculty of Law in Nova Gorica, Slovenia) underlines the role of the argument of majority in providing transparency to legal decisions. Pedro Parini (Federal University of Paraíba, Brasil) addresses the topic of irony which is intended by him not only as a rhetorical tool, but more substantively as one of the features of law in itself. Serena Tomasi (CERMEG, University of Trento, Italy) focuses on rhetorical strategies in legal language, by analysing the recurring formulas used by judges in legal opinions. The closure of this collection of essays is entrusted to Miguel Á. León Untiveros(National Major University “San Marcos” of Lima, Peru), who rejects some consequences of the second horn of Jørgensen’s Dilemma (s.c. “prohibitive” thesis) about the possibility of a logic for normative statement.

Multimodality and Reasonableness in Judicial Rhetoric may be downloaded here under Open Access license.

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