Inference to the Best Explanation

Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group (1993)

Abstract
How do we go about weighing evidence, testing hypotheses, and making inferences? The model of " inference to the best explanation " -- that we infer the hypothesis that would, if correct, provide the best explanation of the available evidence--offers a compelling account of inferences both in science and in ordinary life. Widely cited by epistemologists and philosophers of science, IBE has nonetheless remained little more than a slogan. Now this influential work has been thoroughly revised and updated, and features a new introduction and two new chapters. Inference to the Best Explanation is an unrivaled exposition of a theory of particular interest in the fields both of epistemology and the philosophy of science
Keywords Science Philosophy  Science Methodology  Inference  Explanation
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Call number Q175.L556 2004
ISBN(s) 0415242037   0415242029   9780415242035   9780415242028   9780203470855
DOI 10.2307/2185911
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