Knowledge, Truth and the Criminal Trial

Страна: Великобритания

Город: Nottingham

Тезисы до: 16.04.2017

Даты: 19.06.17 — 20.06.17

Область наук: Юридические;

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Организаторы: University of Nottingham


The criminal trial aims to ascertain whether defendants have in fact committed the acts they are alleged to have committed, and if so, whether they did so intentionally, recklessly, or negligently. Criminal trials, in other words, are centrally concerned with determining truth. But are such trials truth-conducive? Assessing the value of trials as truth-seeking endeavours requires that we consider a host of underlying social epistemological questions, including (but not limited to) these: How much credence should jurors give to eyewitness testimony? What role do legal requirements for truthfulness, such as the prohibition against perjury, play with respect to the reliability of such testimony?  How much credence to expert witnesses? Are juries, in which a group of laypeople assembles to deliberate about the facts of a case, effective means of arriving at justified beliefs about a defendant’s guilt or innocence? What degree of certainty should we require to support a verdict of ‘guilty’? These and similar questions raised by criminal trials have received fairly little attention from philosophers. This workshop aims to begin to remedy this neglect. This is a pre-read workshop and all participants will be expected to have read all of the papers (which will be circulated in advance) prior to the start of the workshop.

This workshop is kindly funded by the Society for Applied Philosophy and the Analysis Trust.

Speakers and discussants include:

Christopher Bennett (University of Sheffield)

Antony Duff (University of Stirling)

Elizabeth Fricker (University of Oxford)

Zach Hoskins (University of Nottingham)

Sandra Marshall (University of Stirling)

Federico Picinali (LSE)

Paul Roberts (University of Nottingham)

Martin Smith (University of Edinburgh)

Aness Webster (University of Nottingham)

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