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Strata of intervenient concepts in normative systems

  • Ron van der Meyden
  • Leendert van der Torre
Publiceringsår: 2008
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 203-217
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, LNAI
Volym: LNAI 5076
Dokumenttyp: Konferensbidrag
Förlag: Springer


In a legal system, there are different strata of concepts exhibiting the pattern of a network. Our paper presents an algebraic representation of legal concepts as intermediate between factual events and circumstances on one hand, and deontic positions, on the other. In this representation, we use the notion of "intervenient" as a theoretical tool, defining intervenients in terms of weakest grounds and strongest consequences. Important features of intervenients are different kinds of "minimality", since minimality is relevant for the effective formulation of a normative system, as well as for changes in such a system. By distinguishing different kinds of minimality, a rudimentary typology of intervenients is obtained. The results are illustrated by a legal example concerning "ownership" as an intermediate concept.


  • Law
  • Intervenient minimality
  • Legal concept
  • Normative system
  • Intervenient
  • Strongest consequence
  • Weakest ground
  • Intermediate concept
  • Ownership.
  • Concept formation
  • law
  • rättsvetenskap


9th International Conference, DEON 2008 Luxembourg, July 2008
  • ISSN: 0302-9743
  • ISSN: 1611-3349
  • ISBN: 3-54070524-4
  • ISBN: 978-3-540-70524-6

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