How to Theorize about Statistical Evidence (and Really, about Everything Else): A comment on Allen
Quaestio Facti, 2020
17 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2020 Last revised: 22 Sep 2020
Date Written: May 28, 2020
This is a comment on a paper by Ronald Allen, in which he criticizes my earlier work on statistical evidence, and the entire philosophical discussion of which it is a part.
In response I make several broad methodological points - about the point of theorizing, about the use of intuitions about hypothetical cases, and about idealizations - and point out some more specific mistakes in Allen's discussion of statistical evidence.
Keywords: Legal epistemology, statistical evidence, sensitivity.
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