Alien abduction: Inference to the best explanation and the management of testimony

Episteme 4 (3):238-251 (2007)
This paper considers how we decide whether to believe what we are told. Inference to the Best Explanation, a popular general account of non-demonstrative reasoning, is applied to this task. The core idea of this application is that we believe what we are told when the truth of what we are told would figure in the best explanation of the fact that we were told it. We believe the fact uttered when it is part of the best explanation of the fact of utterance. Having provided some articulation of this account of testimonial inference, the paper goes on to consider whether the account is informative and whether it is plausible
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    Katherine Hawley (2010). Testimony and Knowing How. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 41 (4):397-404.
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