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  1. Fulltext. Accidents and acts of God : A history of the terms.

    Article - En anglais

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    Despite criticism from safety professionals, scientists continue to use the word accident, meaning and unexpected, unintended injury or event.

    Some argue for its use based on tradition, but « traditional » arguments appear to be invalid given our examination of the history of the word and its companion phrase act of God in statistics, law and religion.

    People who were interested in public health recognized in the 1600s that unintended injuries were neither random nor unexpected.

    Legal scholars in the 1800s saw the word was useless for technical purposes.

    The word does not appear in the Bible until the mid-1990s, and then only in a paraphrased edition.

    Others have maintained that the meaning of accident is well understood, even though it has not been perfectly defined.

    We maintain that without a clear definition, people substitute an image, which may be distorted or damaging.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Accident, Terminologie, Historique, Sciences religieuses

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Accident, Terminology, Case history, Religious sciences

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0275095

    Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 199608.