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Judging Science: Scientific Knowledge and the Federal Courts

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What is "scientific knowledge" and when is it reliable? These deceptively simple questions have been the source of endless controversy. In 1993, the Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling on the use of scientific evidence in federal courts. Federal judges may admit expert scientific evidence only if it merits the label "scientific knowledge." The testimony must be scientifically "reliable" and "valid."This book is organized around the criteria set out in the 1993 ruling. Following a general overview, the authors look at issues of fit--whether a plausible theory relates specific facts to the larger factual issues in contention; philosophical concepts such as the falsifiability of scientific claims; scientific error; reliability in science, particularly in fields such as epidemiology and toxicology; the meaning of "scientific validity"; peer review and the problem of boundary setting; and the risks of confusion and prejudice when presenting science to a jury.The book's conclusion attempts to reconcile the law's need for workable rules of evidence with the views of scientific validity and reliability that emerge from science and other disciplines.

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Attempting to reconcile the law's need for workable rules of evidence with the views of scientific validity and reliability.

Synopsis:

What is scientific knowledge and when is it reliable? These deceptively simple questions have been the source of endless controversy. In 1993 the Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling on the use of scientific evidence in federal courts. Federal judges may admit expert scientific evidence only if it merits the label scientific knowledge. The testimony must be scientifically reliable and valid.

About the Author

Kenneth R. Foster is Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania.Peter W. Huber is a Senior Fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and serves as Counsel to the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262561204
Subtitle:
Scientific Knowledge and the Federal Courts
Author:
Foster, Kenneth R.
Author:
Huber, Peter W.
Author:
Huber, Peter William
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Civil Procedure
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Moral and ethical aspects
Subject:
Federal Jurisdiction
Subject:
Science and law
Subject:
Government - Federal
Subject:
General Law
Subject:
Law-Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Judging Science
Publication Date:
19990122
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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