Giulio Ubertis

«Circumstantial proof»: oxymoron or redundancy to avoid

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Keywords: Evidence; Common Sense Generalization; Proof; Scientific Law.

First, the different meanings of the word «evidence» are defined from an epistemological viewpoint and the judicial use is discussed of common sense generalizations and logical and scientific laws; consequently, the genus «evidence in a broad sense» is subcategorized into the species «evidence in a narrow sense» and «circumstantial evidence». It is then explained how proofs are obtained following a positive assessment of the sources, modes and inferences in the passage from the item of evidence to its outcome. However, since all proofs employ common sense generalizations, but only a few use logical or non-probabilistic scientific laws, to speak of «circumstantial proof» is either oxymoronic or redundant.

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