The Explanatory Connection

Peter Achinstein

in The Book of Evidence

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780195143898
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833023 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 The Explanatory Connection

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Although necessary for evidence, a probability of the hypothesis on the putative evidence greater than half is not sufficient. What is required, it is argued, is that there be a probability greater than half that there is an explanatory connection between the hypothesis and the evidence, given the evidence. The concept of an ”explanatory connection” is defined, and it is shown how this condition yields a good reason to believe and avoids counterexamples against standard probability views of evidence.

Keywords: evidence; explanatory connection; hypothesis; probability; reason to believe

Chapter.  11708 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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