ISBN13:978-0674793033 ISBN10: 067479303X This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0674793026 ISBN10: 0674793021
Summary: Science at the Bar is the first book to examine how two powerful American institutions interact with each other. Jasanoff argues that the courts do not simply depend on scientific findings for guidance--they actually influence the production of science and technology. With its lucid analysis of both scientific and legal modes of reasoning, and its recommendations for scholars and policymakers, this book will be indispensable for anyone who hopes to understand
the changing configurations of science, technology, and the law in our litigious society.
Summary: Science at the Bar is the first book to examine how two powerful American institutions interact with each other. Jasanoff argues that the courts do not simply depend on scientific findings for guidance--they actually influence the production of science and technology. With its lucid analysis of both scientific and legal modes of reasoning, and its recommendations for scholars and policymakers, this book will be indispensable for anyone who hopes to understand the changing configurations of science, technology, and the law in our litigious society. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:95 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Harvard University Press Published: 09/30/1997 International: No
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Jasanoff, Sheila : Harvard University
Sheila Jasanoff is Professor of Science and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government and School of Public Health, Harvard University.
"Sheila Jasanoff reveals the gulf between objective science and adversarial law in the United States--and suggests some bridge-building answers...[She] delves deeply into case law, and comes up with some absorbing and accessible analyses of the judicial treatment of issues such as genetic engineering, chemical toxicity, and fetal rights. Timely stuff."
"[Jasanoff] provides a provocative and informative survey of the multiplying areas of dispute in which science and technology have come to figure in the legal system. Her topics include product liability, medical malpractice, the regulation of toxics, biotechnology and patents, reproductive rights and dispositions for the dying...Science at the Bar is an important, ground-breaking book, a clearly written work that assists us in coming to grips with the troublesome issues raised by our society's experience in the complicated interplay of science and the law."
--Daniel J. Kevles, American Scientist
"This is a perceptive and elegantly written book on how science and law interact both to produce knowledge and to resolve conflict."
--George J. Annas, Nature
"[A] broad-ranging and authoritative survey of the relation between law, science, and technology...Jasonoff, trained as a lawyer and subsequently the creator of Cornell's flagship department of science and technology studies, has devoted most of her professional life to studying science in the courtroom...For any serious student of science and law in America, this is an original and essential book."
--Kenneth Keniston, New England Journal of Medicine
"This scholarly and informative book tells the story of how the world of science, where the search for truth predominates, interdigitates with the world of judicial decision making, where the search for justice predominates. As one of a few academic researchers well-grounded in the study of science and technology policy, law, and social science, Jasonoff has attempted the challenge of providing us with a coherent characterization of that interdigitation. Writing with her usual clarity, craftsmanlike and balanced perspective, she has surely succeeded."
--Ira H. Carmen, Law and Politics Book Review
"This book is a must-read for all [Science, Technology, and Society] scholars, and one that would prove useful in many advanced-level STS causes as well."
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