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Case Study
“All disciplines that have important empirical elements are connected to a shared
family of problems about evidence and inference. Apart from its theoretical interest
(as a contribution to human understanding) evidence is of great practical importance
in many spheres of practical decision-making and risk management. In particular,
multi-disciplinary study of evidence focuses attention on such questions as: (i) What
features of evidence are common across disciplines and what features are special? (ii)
What concepts, methods and insights developed in one discipline are transferable to
others? (iii) What concepts are not transferable? Why? (iv) Can we develop general
concepts, methods and insights that apply to evidence in all or nearly all contexts?"
(Twining, 2003)
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