The London Lectures: Jennifer Lackey - False Confessions and Evidence Swamping
We’re delighted to be teaming up with author and philosopher Julian Baggini and the Royal Institute of Philosophy to bring you The London Lectures—a series of wide-ranging talks by experts in the field of Social Epistemology.
How Do We Know? The Social Dimension of Knowledge
Knowledge is often thought of as something that we each individually have: something inside our own minds. But our knowledge depends on other people's testimony and expertise. And what we know depends on what our society makes it possible for us to know, either formally or informally, through social norms and practices that suppress some ideas and privilege others.
False Confessions and Evidence Swamping
In this talk, Jennifer Lackey takes a close look at the role confessions play in the United States criminal justice system. She will show how the phenomenon of testimonial injustice can help explain why confession evidence often swamps all other evidence, even in the face of the prevalence of false confessions.
Jennifer Lackey is the Wayne and Elizabeth Jones Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University and the Director of the Northwestern Prison Education Program. Most of her research is in the area of social epistemology, with a recent focus on issues involving credibility and false confessions, the epistemology of groups, and testimonial injustice.
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Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road
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