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Inference to the Best Explanation and the Importance of Peculiarly Explanatory Virtues

Harker, David (2012) Inference to the Best Explanation and the Importance of Peculiarly Explanatory Virtues. In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    Inference to the best explanation has at times appeared almost indistinguishable from a rule that recommends simply that we should infer the hypothesis which is most plausible given available evidence. In this paper I argue that avoiding this collapse requires the identification of peculiarly explanatory virtues and consider Woodward's concept of invariance as an example of such a virtue. An additional benefit of augmenting IBE with Woodward's model of causal explanation is also suggested.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Inference to the best explanation; Lipton; Woodward; Invariance;
    Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    Conferences and Volumes: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Dr David Harker
    Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2012 11:37
    Last Modified: 15 Aug 2012 11:37
    Item ID: 9278
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9278

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