Evidence and Inference in History and Law: Interdisciplinary Dialogues

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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.

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Overview

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 Iain Hampsher-Monk, 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. Among the questions that bring the contributors together: Was Edith Thompson, famously convicted in 1923 of murdering her husband, a victim of a serious miscarriage of justice? Did cuneiform languages really die out in the second or third century B.C.? Was Franz Schubert responsible for any of the guitar arrangements for some of his lieder? In these cases and others, the authors' work demonstrates that, notwithstanding differences in the objectives of their inquiries, the nature and extent of their source material, the culture of their respective disciplines, and their national backgrounds, all these projects involve drawing inferences from evidence to test hypotheses and justify conclusions, and that the logic of this kind of inquiry is governed by the same principles.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780810117563
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
1 Evidence and Inferences about Past Events: An Overview of Six Case Studies 9
2 Reconstructing the Truth about Edith Thompson: The Shakespearean and the Jurist 63
3 The Last Wedge 122
4 Wigmore Meets "The Last Wedge" 140
5 Wigmorean Analysis and the Survival of Cuneiform 216
6 The Mountebank: A Case Study in Early Modern Theater Iconography 231
7 Schubert Lieder and the Guitar: Musicological Evidence and Inference 287
8 Historical Evidence and Dutch Colonial Labor Relations 311
9 Evidence and Inference in the History of Political Thought: The Case of Locke's Theory of Property 329
Notes on Contributors 355
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