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On the Logical Structure of Best Explanations

Schupbach, Jonah N. (2022) On the Logical Structure of Best Explanations. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Standard articulations of Inference to the Best Explanation (IBE) imply the uniqueness claim that exactly one explanation should be inferred in response to an explanandum. This claim has been challenged as being both too strong (sometimes agnosticism between candidate explanatory hypotheses seems the rational conclusion) and too weak (in cases where multiple hypotheses might sensibly be conjointly inferred). I propose a novel interpretation of IBE that retains the uniqueness claim while also allowing for agnostic and conjunctive conclusions. I then argue that a particular probabilistic explication of explanatory goodness helpfully guides us in navigating such options when using IBE.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Schupbach, Jonah N.jonah.n.schupbach@utah.edu0000-0002-8998-7352
Keywords: Inference to the Best Explanation, Explanatory Reasoning, Explanation, Conjunctive Explanation, Bad Lot Argument
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Depositing User: Jonah N. Schupbach
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2022 16:22
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 16:22
Item ID: 21341
Official URL: http://jonahschupbach.com/documents/StructureBestE...
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Date: 20 October 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21341

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