Biologists, historians, lawyers, art historians, and literary critics all voice arguments in the critical dialogue about what constitutes evidence in research and scholarship. They examine not only the constitution and blurring of disciplinary boundaries, but also the configuration of the fact-evidence distinctions made in different disciplines and historical moments; the relative function of such concepts as self-evidence, experience, test, testimony, and textuality in varied academic discourses; and the way rules of evidence are themselves products of historical developments.
The essays and rejoinders are by Terry Castle, Lorraine Daston, Carlo Ginzburg, Ian Hacking, Mark Kelman, R. C. Lewontin, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Mary Poovey, Donald Preziosi, Simon Schaffer, Joan W. Scott, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Barbara Herrnstein Smith.
The critical responses are by Lauren Berlant, James Chandler, Jean Comaroff, Arnold I. Davidson, Harry D. harootunian, Elizabeth Helsinger, Thomas C. Holt, Francoise Meltzer, Robert J. Richards, Lawrence Rothfield, Joel Snyder, Cass R. Sunstein, and William Wimsatt.
The Subject of Evidence
Contagious Folly: An Adventure and Its Skeptics by Terry Castle
For Your Eyes Only: Ghost Citing by Françoise Meltzer
A Rejoinder to Françoise Meltzer by Terry Castle
Self Evidence by Simon Schaffer
Massaging the Evidence by Lawrence Rothfield
Gestures in Question by Simon Schaffer
Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Evidences of Masturbation by Lauren Berlant
Against Epistemology by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Objects and Objectivities
Belief and Resistance: A Symmetrical Account by Barbar Herrnstein Smith
Resistance to Constructed Belief by Robert Richards
Circling Around, Knocking Over, Playing Out by Barbara Herrnstein Smith
Reasonable Evidence of Reasonableness by Mark Kelman
On Finding Facts by Cass R. lÓn