Hovering about the essays in this volume are questions of evidence, of fact and of proof — reports of the death of the author evidently having been greatly exaggerated. ‘Evidence’ means the bits of data on which one rests a conclusion. In most settings — in courtrooms as well as the judgements of ordinary life — fragmentary data of all sorts are accepted into evidence. For it is only rarely that a single piece of evidence is in itself a proof that establishes a conclusion of fact. Confessions are notoriously unreliable, and without photographs or eye-witness accounts evidence is usually cumulative and circumstantial.
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