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Evidence Matters: Science, Proof, and Truth in the Law - Law in Context (Hardback)
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Evidence Matters: Science, Proof, and Truth in the Law - Law in Context (Hardback)

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Hardback 446 Pages / Published: 28/07/2014
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Is truth in the law just plain truth - or something sui generis? Is a trial a search for truth? Do adversarial procedures and exclusionary rules of evidence enable, or impede, the accurate determination of factual issues? Can degrees of proof be identified with mathematical probabilities? What role can statistical evidence properly play? How can courts best handle the scientific testimony on which cases sometimes turn? How are they to distinguish reliable scientific testimony from unreliable hokum? These interdisciplinary essays explore such questions about science, proof, and truth in the law. With her characteristic clarity and verve, Haack brings her original and distinctive work in theory of knowledge and philosophy of science to bear on real-life legal issues. She includes detailed analyses of a wide variety of cases and lucid summaries of relevant scientific work, of the many roles of the scientific peer-review system, and of relevant legal developments.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107039964
Number of pages: 446
Weight: 730 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 25 mm


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'There is tremendous confusion in both law and science (including especially epidemiology) about the proper role of scientific evidence and interpretation of standards of proof in the law. No one has come close to the insight and understanding that should be crystal clear to anyone who reads this perfectly organized collection of essays. Haack alone delves into the historical development of the current confusion and brings her deep understanding of law and philosophy to mark the way out of the confusion. I hope that a copy will be sent to every justice on the US Supreme Court.' Richard W. Wright, Distinguished Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent, College of Law
'Evidence Matters is an exciting collection of insightful essays from a respected authority that will receive attention from both philosophers and legal scholars.' Carl F. Cranor, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Riverside
'... this is a consistently perceptive and erudite volume. Anyone who wishes to be well-informed on matters such as the adversarial system and its relationship to the question for truth, on what 'truth' means to lawyers versus what it means to scientists or philosophers, or on whether the law ought even to concern itself with the task of demarcating science from other sorts of inquiry, should read this book and take account of its arguments.' Christopher C. Faille, The Federal Lawyer
'Evidence Matters combines and updates essays, chapters, and books previously written, published and presented at numerous workshops, symposia, colloquia, and lectures, including mathematical faculties, medical, and law schools. ... A copy of this book would be an excellent addition to the reading collection of every justice, judge, and lawyer. Its relevance and insights have application wherever investigation desires to justify belief.' Rafael Silva, The Champion

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