Erkenntnis 79 (1):55-64 (2014)

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Jonah N. Schupbach
University of Utah
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In this paper, I argue that van Fraassen's "bad lot objection" against Inference to the Best Explanation [IBE] severely misses its mark. First, I show that the objection holds no special relevance to IBE; if the bad lot objection poses a serious problem for IBE, then it poses a serious problem for any inference form whatever. Second, I argue that, thankfully, it does not pose a serious threat to any inference form. Rather, the objection misguidedly blames a form of inference for not achieving what it never set out to achieve in the first place.
Keywords Inference to the Best Explanation  Bad Lot Objection  Abduction
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