Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 3 (2):145-153 (2014)

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Kevin McCain
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Ted Poston
University of Alabama
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William Roche and Elliott Sober argue that explanatoriness is evidentially irrelevant. This conclusion is surprising since it conflicts with a plausible assumption—the fact that a hypothesis best explains a given set of data is evidence that the hypothesis is true. We argue that Roche and Sober's screening-off argument fails to account for a key aspect of evidential strength: the weight of a body of evidence. The weight of a body of evidence affects the resiliency of probabilities in the light of new evidence. Thus, Roche and Sober are mistaken. Explanatoriness is evidentially relevant
Keywords Elliott Sober  confirmation  explanationism  evidence  William Roche
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DOI 10.1002/tht3.122
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