How to Theorize about Statistical Evidence (and Really, about Everything Else)

A comment on Allen




In responding to Prof. Allen's paper, I make several general methodological points: about the use of hypothetical cases, about the point of theorizing, and about the role of idealization. Then I make some more specific points about his claims about (and against) previous work on statistical evidence.

Palabras clave

legal epistemology, statistical evidence, legal theory


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Cómo citar

Enoch, D. (2021). How to Theorize about Statistical Evidence (and Really, about Everything Else): A comment on Allen. Quaestio Facti. Revista Internacional Sobre Razonamiento Probatorio, (2), 285–298.