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Inference to the Best Explanation (International Library of Philosphy)
How do we go about weighing evidence, testing hypotheses, and making inferences? According to the model of Inference to the Best Explanation, we work out what to infer from the evidence by thinking about what would actually explain that evidence, and we take the ability of a hypothesis to explain the evidence as a sign that the hypothesis is correct. In Inference to the Be ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 232 pages
Published March 11th 2004 by Routledge
(first published April 12th 1991)
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Neat introduction to the field. I had expected to see a more thorough treatment of the specific explanatory virtues - what they are, how to apply them, whether they are truth-apt, etc. But Lipton only mention these at a few places, and never with further lengthy elaboration. Thus 4 stars for a good introduction.