Science at the Bar: Science and Technology in American Law
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Science at the Bar: Science and Technology in American Law

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Science at the Bar is the first book to examine in detail how two powerful American institutions - both seekers after truth - interact with each other. Looking at cases involving product liability, medical malpractice, toxic torts, genetic engineering, and life and death, Jasanoff argues that the courts do not simply depend on scientific findings for guidance; rather, they...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Harvard University Press (first published November 26th 1995)
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John Carter McKnight
Clear, comprehensive, well-argued and readable, this book is a deserved classic in the field of Science & Technology Studies. Jasanoff examines the co-construction of law and science over the past generation, focusing on toxic torts and bio-medical technologies, arguing that the "conflict" between law and science is a constructive interplay of two very American epistemological systems, one largely well-suited to building civic consensus in highly contested areas.

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