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This book is based upon a recognition, myths to the contrary notwithstanding, that judical processes do not take place in a social void; that judges are men, not gods; that strict observance of legal forms does not necessary assure the accused of a fair trial; and that judges and court systems are themselves judged by the society they are designed to serve.

Source: https://books.google.cz/books?id=-Gt9BgAAQBAJ&pg=PR11&lpg=PR11&dq=How+this+situation+arose+the+present+volume+graphically+sets+forth,&source=bl&ots=v2jfwNQjbd&sig=S8Z3HrGxT7RidIHK4WbqtWYfyp4&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=How%20this%20situation%20arose%20the%20present%20volume%20graphically%20sets%20forth%2C&f=false

I would like to ask about the phrase "to the myths contrary notwithstanding". Is this a form of the concession? Is not the usage "the contrary" and "notwithstanding" a little bit redundant. The boths terms mean the same after all. Os is it because the phrase shall emphasize the contrast of facts in a statement?

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    I wouldn't really say that "to the contrary" and "notwithstanding" mean the same thing, but you could look at it as functioning almost like a double negative: there are these myths that say the opposite thing, but they don't matter.
    – stangdon
    May 18 '16 at 15:32
  • "to the contrary" modifies myths. Myths which suggest that judicial process takes place in a void. May 18 '16 at 15:39
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    The chupacabra is good with children and makes a great pet, myths to the contrary notwithstanding. May 18 '16 at 15:42
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    I am not running for president, {reports to the contrary} notwithstanding. That is, reports which have claimed the opposite, that I am running for president. May 18 '16 at 15:46
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notwithstanding simply means despite, but it's a bit more flexible with positioning. All of these have the same meaning:

This book is based upon a recognition, myths to the contrary notwithstanding, that judical processes do not take place in a void

This book is based upon a recognition, notwithstanding myths to the contrary, that judical processes do not take place in a void

This book is based upon a recognition, despite myths to the contrary, that judical processes do not take place in a void

a myth in this context is a false idea.

to the contrary means saying or showing the opposite.

Putting that all together, we have...

This book is based upon a recognition, despite false ideas saying or showing the opposite, that judical processes do not take place in a void

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