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Stories About Science in Law
Literary and Historical Images of Acquired Expertise

ISBN 9781138261365
Published November 14, 2016 by Routledge
164 Pages

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Book Description

Presenting examples of how literary accounts can provide a supplement to our understanding of science in law, this book challenges the view that law and science are completely different. It focuses on stories which explore the relationship between law and science, especially cultural images of science that prevail in legal contexts. Contrasting with other studies of the transfer and construction of expertise in legal settings, this book considers the intersection of three interdisciplinary projects: law and science, law and literature, and literature and science. Looking at the appropriation of scientific expertise into law from these perspectives, this book presents an original introduction into how we can gain insight into the use of science in the courtroom and in policy and regulatory settings through literary sources.



David S. Caudill, J.D., Ph.D. is the Arthur M. Goldberg Family Chair in Law at Villanova University School of Law where he teaches scientific evidence, property, and legal ethics. He is also a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he teaches expert evidence and entertainment law. Professor Caudill is the author of over 100 articles, essays, book chapters, and book reviews, and the author of five books, including No Magic Wand: The Idealization of Science in Law (2006) and Lacan and the Subject of Law: Towards a Psychoanalytic Critical Legal Theory (1997). He is a frequent speaker at conferences on the law of evidence, legal ethics, law and literature, and science studies.


'In a bold and innovative step beyond the conventions of law and literature, Caudill deftly traces the parallels between images of scientific expertise and the framing of science in law. Drawing examples from science fiction, "lab lit" and futuristic film, Stories About Science In Law manages gainfully to trace the surprising extent to which law exists in the shadow of science.' Peter Goodrich, Cardozo School of Law, USA 'What Caudill achieves through his seamless merging of law and literature, and science and literature is an exploration of the narrational energies at specific nodes of the law/science interface; from judge activity in Daubert hearings, to the rhetoric framing scientists’ statements on facts and expertise. His masterful hybridity substantially raises the standard in comprehending the complexity of law/science interface.' Kieran Tranter, Griffith Law School, Australia