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Bayesianism and Explanatory Unification: A Compatibilist Account

Blanchard, Thomas (2018) Bayesianism and Explanatory Unification: A Compatibilist Account. Philosophy of Science, 85. pp. 682-703. ISSN 0031-8248

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Abstract

Proponents of IBE claim that the ability of a hypothesis to explain a range of phenomena
in a unifying way contributes to the hypothesis’s credibility in light of these phenomena.
I propose a Bayesian justification of this claim that reveals a hitherto unnoticed role for
explanatory unification in evaluating the plausibility of a hypothesis: considerations of
explanatory unification enter into the determination of a hypothesis’s prior by affecting
its ‘explanatory coherence’, that is, the extent to which the hypothesis offers mutually
cohesive explanations of various phenomena.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Blanchard, Thomastblancha@uni-koeln.de0000-0001-5002-7517
Keywords: IBE, Bayesianism, Explanatory Unification, Probability
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Thomas Blanchard
Date Deposited: 26 May 2023 19:57
Last Modified: 26 May 2023 19:57
Item ID: 22142
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Philosophy of Science Association
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Explanation
Date: October 2018
Page Range: pp. 682-703
Volume: 85
ISSN: 0031-8248
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22142

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