The Rules of Evidence as Applicable to the Credibility of History

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R. lHardwicke, 1874 - Всего страниц: 36

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Стр. 18 - The guarded gold : so eagerly the Fiend O'er bog or steep, through strait, rough, dense, or rare, With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way, And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies.
Стр. 5 - Brown, is no contradiction to the law of cause and effect; it is a new effect, supposed to be produced by the introduction of a new cause.
Стр. 15 - Suppose a fact to be transmitted through twenty persons ; the first communicating it to the second, the second to the third, &c. and let the probability of each testimony be expressed by nine-tenths...
Стр. 4 - ... no human testimony can have such force as to prove a miracle and make it a just foundation for any such system of religion.
Стр. 4 - That no testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous, than the fact, which it endeavours to establish...
Стр. 5 - Perfectly and absolutely true, it cannot be ; for, to be perfectly and absolutely true, it ought to record all the slightest particulars of the slightest transactions — all the things done, and all the words uttered, during the time of which it treats. The omission of any circumstance, howtver insignificant, would be a defect. If history were written thus, the Bodleian library would not contain the occurrences of a week.
Стр. 17 - Rigid, in fact, as has been the scrutiny to which his text has been subjected, no distinct case of wilful misstatement or perversion of fact has been substantiated against him. On the contrary, the very severity of the ordeal has often been the means of eliciting evidence of his truth in cases where, with the greatest temptation to falsehood, there was the least apparent risk of detection. Every portion indeed of his work is pervaded by an air of candour and honest intention...
Стр. 8 - ... been no previous concert,) there is a probability distinct from that which may be termed the sum of the probabilities resulting from the testimonies of the witnesses, a probability which would remain even though the witnesses were of such a character as to merit no faith at all. This probability arises purely from the concurrence itself.

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