Truth, Error, and Criminal Law
An Essay in Legal Epistemology
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Truth, Error, and Criminal Law by Larry Laudan
Book DescriptionBeginning with the premise that the principal function of a criminal trial is to find out the truth about a crime, Larry Laudan examines the rules of evidence and procedure that would be appropriate if the discovery of the truth were, as higher courts routinely claim, the overriding aim of the criminal justice system. Laudan mounts a systematic critique of existing rules and procedures that are obstacles to that quest. He also examines issues of error distribution by offering the first integrated analysis of the various mechanisms - the standard of proof, the benefit of the doubt, the presumption of innocence and the burden of proof - for implementing society's view about the relative importance of the errors that can occur in a trial.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521861663
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Larry Laudan
Truth, Error, and Criminal Law, Paperback (April 2008)
Examines the problems in the epistemology of law and the function of a criminal court.
Science and Values, Paperback (January 1986)
Constructs a fresh approach to a longtime problem for the philosopher of science: how to explain the simultaneous and widespread presence of both agreement and disagreement in science.
Progress and Its Problems, Paperback (October 1978)» View all books by Larry Laudan
Offers a critique and substantial revision of the historic theories of scientific rationality and progress. This book focuses on contextual problem solving effectiveness as a criterion for progress, and expands the notion of 'paradigm' to a 'research tradition,' thus providing a meta-empirical basis for the commensurability of competing theories.
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Author Biography - Larry Laudan
Larry Laudan is Principal Investigator at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filosoficas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and president-elect of the Peirce Society. He is the author of many books, most recently Beyond Positisms and Relativism, and The Book of Risks.
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