Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
×
Home

On the Burden of Proof

  • James Cargile (a1)
Extract

The phrase ‘burden of proof’ or ‘onus probandi’ originally referred to something determined by a judge in a legal proceeding. Some claims would be accepted as true by the court, and other relevant claims would require proving. The burden of doing this proving could be assigned to one or another party by the judge. Success or failure to meet this burden could be determined by the judge or the jury, as could consequences of success or failure.

Copyright
References
Hide All

1 Simon, BlackburnThe Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (Oxford, 1994), 51.

2 Why Not Skepticism?The Philosophical Forum, 2.3 (1971) pp. 283298.Reprinted in Essays on Knowledge and Justification, Pappas, George S. and Marshall, Swain (eds), (Cornell, 1978), pp. 346363. References are to the latter, p. 358.

3 Dan, Turner ‘Why Scepticism?’ op. cit., pp. 364-369; p. 368.

4 I have discussed this form in ‘On Believing You Believe’ Analysis 1967, pp.177-183.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Philosophy
  • ISSN: 0031-8191
  • EISSN: 1469-817X
  • URL: /core/journals/philosophy
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed