Marion Vorms is a lecturer in philosophy of science and epistemology at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. In her past research, she developed a cognitive approach to scientific theorizing. She recently received a Marie Curie fellowship to develop her latest project, which centers on on the epistemology and psychology of judiciary decision-making, at Birkbeck College in London for two years.



Reasonable Doubt, Intimate Conviction, and Degrees of Belief: Some Epistemological Reflections on Jurors’ Decision-Making
In Common Law systems, jurors in criminal trials are instructed to judge whether the defendant’s guilt has been proven “beyond a reasonable doubt.” In France, they are asked to deliver their verdict following their “intimate conviction.” This talk will explore the epistemological implications of these two models. What are their consequences for the task jurors are required to perform? What models of evidential (and probabilistic) reasoning are they based on? What conceptions of epistemic responsibility and of the articulation of belief states and action are they committed to? These epistemological reflections will be confronted with psychological data on jurors’ decision-making.

Time: 12:00 am
Location: Ukrainian Institute of America / Library Room