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TRUE Is False and Why It Matters

Fischer, Robert (2012) TRUE Is False and Why It Matters. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Here is a challenge to IBE's epistemic credentials. If a reason is an epistemic reason for a subject to believe a proposition, then that reason increases the likelihood of the proposition's truth. But IBE relies on considerations like simplicity which do not increase the likelihood that hypotheses are truth. So, the reasons given by inference to the best explanation are not epistemic reasons. I contend that this argument fails, but not because, e.g., simplicity is truth-conducive. Rather, I show that the argument relies on a version of epistemic value monism, which even the argument's proponents should reject.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Robert Fischer
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2012 14:56
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2012 14:56
Item ID: 9433

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