Title

Understanding Blended Multi-source Arguments as Arguments from Partial Analogies

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Publication Title

Ratio Juris: An International Journal of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

Volume

23

Issue

1

Abstract

This paper identifies a type of multisource (case-based) reasoning and differentiates it from other types of analogical reasoning. Work in cognitive science on mental space mapping or conceptual blending is used to better understand this type of reasoning. The type of argument featured herein will be shown to be a kind of source-blended argument. While it possesses some similarities to traditionally conceived analogical arguments, there are important differences as well. The triple contract (a key development in the usury debates of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries) will be shown to make use of source-blended arguments.