21 Nov

Legal Proof is Rational Belief of Guilt

Opening hours / Beginning:

12:15 pm

21 November 2023


Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) Seestraße 13 80802 München

When is a defendant in a court of law proven guilty?

In the CAS lunch talk, Dr. Mario Günther from the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy will defend the view that legal proof should be tantamount to rational belief of guilt. In other words, that a judge or jury should find a defendant guilty just in case it is rational to believe that the defendant is guilty. The main challenge here is to show that this view can solve the problem of statistical evidence: it seems unjust to find a defendant guilty only based on evidence which makes his guilt very likely while being not fully convincing.

Speaker: Dr. Mario Günther (CAS Researcher in Residence/Philosophy,LMU)

Respondent: Prof. Dr. Armin Engländer (Law, LMU)

A registration is required. You can find more information on the CAS website.

The Center for Advanced Studies at LMU provides a forum for scientific exchange and discussion that bridges the divide between the established disciplines. Its activities are designed to promote all forms of collaborative research and to stimulate interdisciplinary communication within the University. In addition, it facilitates the integration of visiting scholars and scientists into the academic life of the University.

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