An Introduction To The Study Of Moral Evidence

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byJames Edward Gambier

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1806. Excerpt: ... with each other, and with known circumstances, is another point to be attended to. If the relation be long, it is very difficult, if not impracticable to fabricate it so completely in all its parts as to preserve consistency. Hence consistency confiims the relation; and if the subject be examined in this view, the deception, if any exist, will generally be detected. 3. The light which is thrown upon the subject by subsequent circumstances, should also be regarded. For, when these circumstances are such, as from experience they might be expected to be, on a supposition that the fact asserted were true, they confirm the assertion; otherwise they lessen its credibility. The influence of these circumstances, both in support of the evidence of testimony, and in opposition to it, is various, according as such circumstances do more or less constantly follow such a fact, as is asserted. Thus, were it asserted, that a certain man had taken arsenic, his death, together with such appearances of his body, as are usual in cases of this nature, would be a strong confirmation of the assertion; but his continuing to live, and to enjoy health, would be a contradiction of it. Or, were it asserted, that an apprentice had robbed. his master, his appearing on a sudden possessed of considerably more money than usual, would render the assertion probable. 4. The competency of the witness to judge of the fact which he relates, is another point to be considered. That competency depends partly on his abilities, and partly on the opportunities which he may be presumed to have had of seeing, on hearing what he states. Our determination of both these must be regulated by the nature of the subject, and the character and situation of the witness. 5. If the fact be stated to have happene...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1806. Excerpt: ... with each other, and with known circumstances, is another point to be attended to. If the relation be long, it is very difficu...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217681778

ISBN - 13:9780217681773

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