Justifying inference to the best explanation as a practical meta-syllogism on dialectical structures

Synthese 190 (16):3553-3578 (2013)
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Gregor Betz
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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This article discusses how inference to the best explanation can be justified as a practical meta - argument. It is, firstly, justified as a practical argument insofar as accepting the best explanation as true can be shown to further a specific aim. And because this aim is a discursive one which proponents can rationally pursue in — and relative to — a complex controversy, namely maximising the robustness of one’s position, IBE can be conceived, secondly, as a meta - argument. My analysis thus bears a certain analogy to Sellars ’ well - known justification of inductive reasoning ; it is based on recently developed theories of complex argumentation.
Keywords Inference to the best explanation  Abduction  Argumentation theory  Dialectical structure
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-012-0210-z
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