The Paradox Of Proof And Scientific Expertise

  • Carlo Martini Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland
Keywords: expertise, experts, laypeople


In this paper I criticize the current standards for the acceptability of expert testimony in current US legislation. The standards have been the subject of much academic literature after the Frye and Daubert cases. I expose what I call the Paradox of Proof, and argue that the historical and current standards have sidestepped the problem of determining who is an expert and who is not in a court of law. I then investigate the problem of recognizing expertise from the layperson’s standpoint, and suggest what courses of action the future research ought to take on the problem of identifying expertise.

How to Cite
Martini, C. (2015). The Paradox Of Proof And Scientific Expertise. HUMANA.MENTE Journal of Philosophical Studies, 8(28), 1-16. Retrieved from