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Experiencing Other Minds in the Courtroom

Neal Feigenson


Enterprising trial lawyers are using photos, videos, animations, and sound files to recreate litigants’ private sensory experiences – their impaired vision or hearing due to accidents or malpractice, or their misperceptions of events under stressful situations. These demonstrative exhibits, it is claimed, let jurors know, and not merely know about, what it’s like to experience what the litigant does. But how is it possible to share another person’s sensations? And why should courts ever allow this sort of evidence? Simulations of subjectivity are made possible by a confluence of digital techno ... More

Keywords: simulation, evidence, epistemology, sensory experience, digital technology, trials, courts, jurors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226413730
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226413877.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neal Feigenson, author
Quinnipiac University School of Law