Journal of Philosophy 115 (9):485-505 (2018)

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William Roche
Texas Christian University
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It is widely thought in philosophy and elsewhere that parsimony is a theoretical virtue in that if T1 is more parsimonious than T2, then T1 is preferable to T2, other things being equal. This thesis admits of many distinct precisifications. I focus on a relatively weak precisification on which preferability is a matter of probability, and argue that it is false. This is problematic for various alternative precisifications, and even for Inference to the Best Explanation as standardly understood.
Keywords Bayesianism  explanatory virtues  Inference to the Best Explanation  parsimony  probability  rational belief/disbelief
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ISBN(s) 0022-362X
DOI 10.5840/jphil2018115927
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