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Regulating Toxic Substances: A Philosophy of Science and the Law

Carl F. Cranor


This book in the philosophy of law and risk assessment is concerned with the topic of the standards of evidence in legal proceedings and regulatory decisions regarding the toxicity of chemicals. The book argues that the scientific and statistical criteria usually used to determine whether substances are toxic are too rigorous and time-consuming for evidentiary purposes in tort cases and for regulation. The result is the under-regulation of toxic substances and the under-compensation of plaintiffs in tort cases. The book proposes the evidential standards now used should be evaluated with the pu ... More

Keywords: philosophy of law, risk assessment, regulatory decisions, tort cases, regulation, toxic substances, chemicals, toxicity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780195074369
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195074369.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl F. Cranor, author
University of California