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Believe me, I can explain! Beware of inferences to the explanandum

Colaço, David (2020) Believe me, I can explain! Beware of inferences to the explanandum. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This paper addresses inferences to the explanandum: inferences from the premise that an explanandum is plausibly explained to the conclusion that this explanandum (or a claim or representation thereof) is adequate or true. These inferences consist in answering why or how something occurs to concluding that it occurs. Psychological research and scientific cases reveal that inferences to the explanandum are proposed by lay people and scientists, and some philosophical accounts permit these inferences. This is problematic, as pseudoscientific claims are often believed (or at least espoused) because they are plausibly explained. We should be skeptical of inferences to the explanandum.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Colaço, David
Keywords: Explanation; Explanatory Reasoning; Inference to the Best Explanation
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. David Colaço
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2020 02:53
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 02:53
Item ID: 17301
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17301

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