A Culture of Fact: England, 1550-1720
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About the Author
Barbara J. Shapiro is Professor of Rhetoric Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley. Her books include Beyond Reasonable Doubt and Probable Cause: Historical Perspectives on the Anglo-American Law of Evidence and Probability and Certainty in Seventeenth-Century England.
"Shapiro has written an excellent work in intellectual and cultural history."-- "Virginia Quarterly Review"
"The book is filled with quotes and references to a very wide range of primary as well as secondary sources. It will be of much heuristic value in studying the changing meanings of 'fact' in this period, quite apart from Shapiro's strong argument concerning the special role of the law."--Peter Dear, Cornell University "Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences"
"This nutshell presentation does far from justice to the nuances of the basic argument of the book, still less to the striking nature of the supporting detail... It should be given a hearty welcome as a trenchant and well illustrated contribution to an ongoing debate."--Paul Dukes "Journal of European Studies"