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Abductively Robust Inference

Dellsén, Finnur (2017) Abductively Robust Inference. [Preprint]

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Inference to the Best Explanation (IBE) is widely criticized for being an unreliable form of ampliative inference – partly because the explanatory hypotheses we have considered at a given time may all be false, and partly because there is an asymmetry between the comparative judgment on which an IBE is based and the absolute verdict that IBE is meant to license. In this paper, I present a further reason to doubt the epistemic merits of IBE and argue that it motivates moving to an inferential pattern in which IBE emerges as a degenerate limiting case. Since this inferential pattern is structurally similar to an argumentative strategy known as Inferential Robustness Analysis (IRA), it effectively combines the most attractive features of IBE and IRA into a unified approach to non-deductive inference.

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Item Type: Preprint
Dellsén, Finnurfinnurd@gmail.com0000-0003-4989-4204
Additional Information: Published in Analysis.
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Depositing User: Dr. Finnur Dellsén
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2019 00:18
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2019 00:18
Item ID: 15535
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DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1093/analys/anx049
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Date: 2017

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