Should the No-Miracle Argument Add to Scientific Evidence?

Philosophia 42 (4):999-1004 (2014)

Wang-Yen Lee
National University of Singapore
Lipton contends that the no-miracle argument is illegitimate, because it fails to adduce new evidence beyond that cited by scientists for their theories. The debate on this issue between Lipton and Psillos has focussed on whether there is a construal of the no-miracle argument in relation to first-order scientific inferences that can yield new evidence. I move away from this focus without taking sides, and argue that the no-miracle argument, on its two popular interpretations, is as legitimate, cogent, and useful an inductive argument for scientific realism as first-order scientific inferences to the best explanation even if it does not add to scientific evidence
Keywords The no-miracle argument  New evidence  Inference to the best explanation  Lipton  Psillos
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-014-9524-z
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