Evidence, Inference and Enquiry

Hardcover | January 31, 2012

EditorWilliam Twining, Philip Dawid, Mimi Vasilaki

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Evidence - its nature and interpretation - is the key to many topical debates and concerns such as global warming, evolution, the search for weapons of mass destruction, DNA profiling, evidence-based medicine. In 2004 University College London launched a cross-disciplinary research programme"Evidence, Inference and Enquiry" to explore the question: "Can there be an integrated multidisciplinary science of evidence?" While this question was hotly contested and no clear final consensus emerged, much was learned on the journey. This book, based on the closing conference of the programme held at the British Academy in December 2007, illustrates the complexity of the subject, with 17 chapters written from a diversity of perspectives including Archaeology, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Health, History, Law,Psychology, Philosophy and Statistics. General issues covered include principles and systems for handling complex evidence, evidence for policy-making, and human evidence-processing, as well as the very possibility of systematising the study of evidence.

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Evidence - its nature and interpretation - is the key to many topical debates and concerns such as global warming, evolution, the search for weapons of mass destruction, DNA profiling, evidence-based medicine. In 2004 University College London launched a cross-disciplinary research programme"Evidence, Inference and Enquiry" to explore ...

William Twining is Quain Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus at the University College, London. Philip Dawid is Professor of Statistics at the University of Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197264840

ISBN - 13:9780197264843

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Sir Geoffrey Allen: Foreword1. Philip Dawid: Introduction2. David Schum: Classifying Forms and Combinations of Evidence: Necessary in a Science of Evidence3. Jason Davies: Disciplining the Disciplines4. William Twining: Moving Beyond Law: Interdisciplinarity and the Study of Evidence5. Philip Dawid; Amanda Hepler; David Schum: Inference Networks: Bayes and Wigmore6. John Fox: Arguing about the Evidence: A Logical Approach7. David Lagnado: Thinking about Evidence8. Jill Russell and Trisha Greenhalgh: Rhetoric and Argumentation in Evidence-Based Policy Making9. Terence Anderson: Generalisations and Evidential Reasoning10. Peter Tillers: Of Inference Networks and Onto-Epistemology11. Nancy Cartwright and Jacob Stegenga: A Theory of Evidence for Evidence-Based Policy12. Hasok Chang and Grant Fisher: What the Ravens Really Teach Us: The Intrinsic Contextuality of Evidence13. Alison Wylie: Critical Distance: Stabilizing Evidential Claims in Archaeology14. David Colquhoun: In Praise of Randomisation15. Jason Davies: Believing the Evidence16. Mike Joffe: What Would a Scientific Economics Look Like?17. Tony Gardner-Medwin: Reasonable Doubt: Uncertainty in Education, Science and Law