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Best Explanations: New Essays on Inference to the Best Explanation

Kevin McCain and Ted Poston

Abstract

Explanatory reasoning is quite common. Not only are rigorous inferences to the best explanation used pervasively in the sciences, explanatory reasoning is virtually ubiquitous in everyday life. Despite its widespread use, inference to the best explanation is still in need of precise formulation, and it remains controversial. On the one hand, supporters of explanationism take inference to the best explanation to be a justifying form of inference—some even take all justification to be a matter of explanatory reasoning. On the other hand, critics object that inference to the best explanation is n ... More

Keywords: explanation, explanationism, inference to the best explanation, justification, reasoning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198746904
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198746904.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin McCain, editor
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Ted Poston, editor
Professor of Philosophy, University of South Alabama

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1 Best Explanations

Kevin McCain and Ted Poston

Part I Inference to the Best Explanation

3 Peirce and Ramsey

Cheryl Misak

Part II The Fundamentality of Inference to the Best Explanation

6 Inference to the Best Explanation

Kareem Khalifa, Jared Millson, and Mark Risjord

Part III Justifying Inference to the Best Explanation

Part IV Inference to the Best Explanation and Skepticism

PART V Applications of Inference to the Best Explanation

16 Bayesianism and IBE

Leah Henderson

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