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On the role of explanatory and systematic power in scientific reasoning

Broessel, Peter (2015) On the role of explanatory and systematic power in scientific reasoning. Synthese, 192 (12). pp. 3877-3913. ISSN 1573-0964

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The paper investigates measures of explanatory power and how to define the inference schema “Inference to the Best Explanation” (IBE). It argues that these measures can also be used to quantify the systematic power of a hypothesis and defines the inference schema “Inference to the Best Systematization” (IBS). It demonstrates that systematic power is a fruitful criterion for theory choice and that IBS is truth-conducive. It also shows that even radical Bayesians must admit that systematic power is an integral component of Bayesian reasoning. Finally, the paper puts the achieved results in perspective with van Fraassen’s famous criticism of IBE.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Broessel, Peter
Keywords: Inference to the Best Explanation, Explanatory Power, Rationality, Bayesian Epistemology
Depositing User: Dr Peter Brössel
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 04:02
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 04:02
Item ID: 16528
Journal or Publication Title: Synthese
Publisher: Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
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Date: 2015
Page Range: pp. 3877-3913
Volume: 192
Number: 12
ISSN: 1573-0964

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