The New Logic of the Law - Vol.1: Building a Foundation for Artificial Intelligence in the Law

The New Logic of the Law - Vol.1: Building a Foundation for Artificial Intelligence in the Law

by William S. Veatch


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William S. Veatch
The New Logic of the Law Vol. 1 - Building a Foundation for Artificial Intelligence Applications in the Law

This book explores a "New Logic of the Law" based upon set theory. The concept is that every "Idea" is either an Atom (i.e., an Idea that cannot be broken down further) or a Compound. Once we accept that an Idea is either an Atom or a Compound, then we can create Sets of Ideas. In fact, the Power Set of an Idea, i.e., the set of all subsets including the set itself and the empty set, together with the operations of Union, Intersection, and Complementation, forms a Boolean Algebra and an equivalent Boolean Lattice. The New Logic of the Law is based upon the logic inherent in the Boolean Lattice structure.

Building upon the foundation created in the author's previous books, "Math Without Numbers" and "Propositional Logic as a Boolean Algebra - A New Perspective," this book establishes a system of logic that is robust enough to serve as the foundation for artificial intelligence software applications for use by practicing lawyers.

The book reviews existing systems of logic, including the categorical syllogism of Classical Logic, propositional logic, compound arguments, and predicate logic. The book then goes on to demonstrate that the logic of Boolean Lattices subsumes these existing forms of logic, and then goes much further.

At the end of each Chapter is a section entitled "what the practicing lawyer needs to know." In this way, the lawyer who does not want to understand the underlying mathematics and logic can still benefit from reading the book and learn to use the tools of the New Logic of the Law.

This book about Logic is written by a practicing attorney, for use by practicing attorneys. It should also be of interest to anyone involved in creating artificial intelligence software applications for use in the practice of law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781717048172
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/21/2018
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

William S. Veatch is a practicing attorney and partner at the global law firm Reed Smith LLP, living in San Francisco, California. He obtained his B.A. degree in History at the University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (1985), where he also studied Mathematics and Philosophy; his LL.B. law degree at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada (1985); and his J.D. law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California (1987). In addition to his debt, equipment leasing, and receivables finance/securitization practice, Bill is a part-time software programmer who works with industry leaders to develop software applications in the legal and financial services industries, including data driven Smart Contracts, digitized legal advice delivery applications, and a digitized map of the substantive law of commercial transactions.

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