Evidence and Inference in History and Law

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  • Copyright: 2002-12-30
  • Publisher: Northwestern Univ Pr
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However little that various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences might seem to have in common, they share certain interests in methodological problems relating to evidence, inference, and interpretation. By pursuing these shared interests across divergent topics and fields, the contributors to this book advance our understanding of how such truth-seeking, proof-finding methods work, and of what it means to prove something in a range of contexts. Coedited by William Twining, one of the world's outstanding evidence scholars, and Lain HempsherMonk, a leading political theorist, the volume considers intriguing questions from different realms--Assyriology, theatre iconography, musicology, criminology, the history of ideas and colonial history--as it reveals how particular concepts, lines of questioning, and techniques of reasoning and analysis developed in one context can be fruitfully applied in others.

Author Biography

i.w. hampsher-monk@ex.ac.uk Politics Dept/University of Exeter/EX4 4RJ/ UK / fax 44 1392 263305/ tel 44 1392 263172

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 3(6)
William Twining
Iain Hampsher-Monk
Evidence and Inferences about Past Events: An Overview of Six Case Studies
David A. Schum
Reconstructing the Truth about Edith Thompson: The Shakespearean and the Jurist
William Twining
Rene Weis
The Last Wedge
M. J. Geller
Wigmore Meets ``The Last Wedge''
Terence J. Anderson
Wigmorean Analysis and the Survival of Cuneiform
M. J. Geller
The Mountebank: A Case Study in Early Modern Theater Iconography
M. A. Katritzky
Schubert Lieder and the Guitar: Musicological Evidence and Inference
Thomas F. Heck
Historical Evidence and Dutch Colonial Labor Relations
V. J. H. Houben
Evidence and Inference in the History of Political Thought: The Case of Locke's Theory of Property
Iain Hampsher-Monk
Notes on Contributors 355

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