Philosophical Studies 172 (4):905-924 (2015)

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Elliott Sober
University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Richard Boyd and Nicholas Sturgeon develop distinctive naturalistic arguments for scientific realism and moral realism. Each defends a realist position by an inference to the best explanation. In this paper, I suggest that these arguments for realism should be reformulated, with the law of likelihood replacing inference to the best explanation. The resulting arguments for realism do not work
Keywords Abduction  Empiricism  Explanation  Likelihood  Moral realism  Naturalism  Scientific realism
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