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Reasonable man and Reasonable doubt: The English language, Anglo culture and Anglo-American law

Wierzbicka, Anna

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This paper investigates, in a historical and cultural perspective, the meaning of the word reasonable, and in particular, of the phrases reasonable man and reasonable doubt, which play an important role in Anglo-American law. Drawing on studies of the British Enlightenment such as Porter (2000), it traces the modern English concept of 'reasonableness' back to the intellectual revolution brought about by the writings of John Locke, who (as Porter says) 'replaced rationalism with reasonableness,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/86224
Source: Forensic Linguistics: The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law

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