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The Probable and The Provable

L. Jonathan Cohen

Published in print December 1977 | ISBN: 9780198244127
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680748 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198244127.001.0001

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

The Probable and The Provable

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The book was planned and written as a single, sustained argument. But earlier versions of a few parts of it have appeared separately. The object of this book is both to establish the existence of the paradoxes, and also to describe a non-Pascalian concept of probability in terms of which one can analyse the structure of forensic proof without giving rise to such typical signs of theoretical misfit. Neither the complementational principle for negation nor the multiplicative principle for conjunction applies to the central core of any forensic proof in the Anglo-American legal system. There are four parts included in this book. Accordingly, these parts have been written in such a way that they may be read in different orders by different kinds of reader.

Keywords: probability; forensic proof; non-Pascalian concept; Anglo-American legal system; complementational principle; negation; multiplicative principle; conjunction

Book.  380 pages. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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Introduction in The Probable and The Provable

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Probability as Gradation of Provability in The Probable and The Provable

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The Completeness Issue in The Probable and The Provable

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The Difficulty about Conjunction in The Probable and The Provable

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The Difficulty about Negation in The Probable and The Provable

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The Difficulty about a Criterion in The Probable and The Provable

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