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Experiencing Other Minds in the Courtroom (Hardback)
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Experiencing Other Minds in the Courtroom (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 03/02/2017
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Sometimes the outcome of a legal case can depend upon sensory evidence known only to the person who experiences it, such as the buzzing sound heard by a plaintiff who suffers from tinnitus as the alleged result of an accident. Increasingly lawyers, litigants, and expert witnesses are attempting to re-create these sensations in the courtroom, using new digital technologies to offer evidence that purports to simulate litigants' subjective experiences and thus to help jurors know not merely know about what it is like to be inside a litigant's mind. But with these advances in courtroom evidentiary practice comes a host of questions: Can anyone really know what it is like to have another person's perceptual experiences? Why should courts admit these simulations as evidence? And how might these simulations alter the ways in which judges and jurors do justice? In Experiencing Other Minds in the Courtroom, Neal Feigenson turns the courtroom into a forum for exploring the profound philosophical, psychological, and legal ramifications of our efforts to know what other people's conscious experiences are truly like. Drawing on an array of disciplines from cognitive psychology to media studies and science and technology studies, Feigenson harnesses real examples of digitally simulated subjective perceptions to tease out the ways in which the epistemological value of this evidence is affected by who creates it, how it is made, and how it is presented. Through his close scrutiny of the different kinds of simulations and the different knowledge claims they make, Feigenson is able to suggest best practices for how we might responsibly incorporate such evidence in the courtroom, thereby improving the quality of justice for all.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226413730
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


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A first-rate, original piece of scholarship, Experiencing Other Minds in the Courtroom breaks new and exciting ground in the field of tort law. Feigenson s erudition is extraordinary. Addressing developments in their infancy, but which promise much expanded use in the future, he looks at the use of demonstrative evidence intended to provide juries with insight into the subjective experiences of litigants who are making claims about an injury, such as vision or hearing loss. This lucid book will be useful for law teachers and helpful for legal practitioners, from plaintiff and defense lawyers to judges who are faced with ruling, commenting, and instructing juries on such evidence. It is a very important contribution. --Neil Vidmar, Duke University School of Law"
"A first-rate, original piece of scholarship, Experiencing Other Minds in the Courtroom breaks new and exciting ground in the field of tort law. Feigenson's erudition is extraordinary. Addressing developments in their infancy, but which promise much expanded use in the future, he looks at the use of demonstrative evidence intended to provide juries with insight into the subjective experiences of litigants who are making claims about an injury, such as vision or hearing loss. This lucid book will be useful for law teachers and helpful for legal practitioners, from plaintiff and defense lawyers to judges who are faced with ruling, commenting, and instructing juries on such evidence. It is a very important contribution."--Neil Vidmar, Duke University School of Law

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