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Analogy & Pursuitworthiness

Nyrup, Rune (2014) Analogy & Pursuitworthiness. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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I highlight a lacuna in recent debates concerning analogies in science. Most philosophers focus on analogical inferences as a way to justify accepting hypotheses. I argue that analogies play another important role, namely to justify pursuing hypotheses. In particular, I argue that both Paul Bartha's formal account and John Norton's material view of analogical inference, as they stand, fail to address this issue. I present my own account of justification for pursuit and show how analogies on this account can justify pursuit independently of whether they can also justify acceptance.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Keywords: Analogy; Analogical inference; Pursuit; Pursuitworthiness; the Material Theory of Induction; Paul Bartha; John Norton;
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Depositing User: Mr Rune Nyrup
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2014 17:45
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2014 17:45
Item ID: 10987
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Date: 28 August 2014

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