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An investigation of the logic of legal reasoning immediately poses profound questions as to the nature and purpose of law. Thomas Hobbes, in his Leviathan saw law as the force of government compelling men not to interfere with the actions of one another. David Hume in his Treatise 2 on Human Nature saw law arising from the needs of individuals being satisfied only by argumenting their power in a society. The need for a stable society plus a need for the good of the individual made the concept of public utility the main goal of justice through law.
Stariha, Robert A., "Logic and Legal Reasoning" (1973). Honors Theses. 1900.
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