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"Inference to the Best Explanation, Cleaned Up and Made Respectable"

Schupbach, Jonah N. (2017) "Inference to the Best Explanation, Cleaned Up and Made Respectable". Best Explanations: New Essays on Inference to the Best Explanation. pp. 39-61.

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Abstract

Despite decades of focused philosophical investigation, Inference to the Best Explanation (IBE) still lacks a precise articulation and compelling defense. The primary reason for this is that it is not at all clear what it means for a hypothesis to be the best available explanation of the evidence. This paper first seeks to rectify this problem by developing a formal explication of the explanatory virtue of power. A resulting account of IBE is then evaluated as a form of uncertain inference. Overall, this paper offers a precise account and novel defense of one important version of IBE.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Schupbach, Jonah N.jonah.n.schupbach@utah.edu
Keywords: Inference to the Best Explanation,Computer Simulations,Bayesianism
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Jonah N. Schupbach
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2019 15:32
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 15:32
Item ID: 15716
Journal or Publication Title: Best Explanations: New Essays on Inference to the Best Explanation
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Explanation
Date: 2017
Page Range: pp. 39-61
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15716

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