This book explores the nature of factual inference in adjudication. The book should be useful to students of law in Continental Europe as well as to students of Anglo-American law. While a good many countries do not use the sorts of rules of evidence found in the Anglo-American legal tradition, their procedural systems nevertheless frequently use a variety of rules and principles to regulate and structure the acquisition, presentation, and evalu- ation of evidence. In this sense, almost all legal systems have a law of proof. This book should also be useful to scholars in fields other than law. While the papers focus on inference in adjudication, they deal with a wide variety of issues that are important in disciplines such as the philosophy of science, statistics, and psychology. For example, there is extensive discussion of the role of generalizations and hypotheses in inference and of the significance of the fact that the actors who evaluate data also in some sense constitute the data that they evaluate.
Furthermore, explanations of the manner in which some legal systems structure fact-finding processes may highlight features of inferential processes that have yet to be adequately tackled by scholars in fields other than law.
What is Bayesianism?.- A Reconceptualization of Civil Trials.- The New Evidence Scholarship: Analyzing the Process of Proof.- Analyzing the Process of Proof: A Brief Rejoinder.- The Role of Evidential Weight in Criminal Proof.- Do We Need a Calculus of Weight to Understand Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?.- Second-Order Evidence and Bayesian Logic.- A Comment in Defense of Reverend Bayes.- A First Look at "Second-Order Evidence".- The Construction of Probability Arguments.- Beating and Boulting an Argument.- Probability and the Processes of Discovery, Proof, and Choice.- Insensitivity, Commitment, Belief, and Other Bayesian Virtues, or, Who Put the Snake in the Warlord's Bed?.- Mapping Inferential Domains.- Summing Up: The Society of Bayesian Trial Lawyers.- Name Index.
Series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science (Hardcover)
Number Of Pages: 345
Published: 30th September 1988
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.23 x 16.51
Weight (kg): 0.69