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Inference to the Best Explanation: Salvation by Laws?

Bas C. van Fraassen

in Laws and Symmetry

Published in print November 1989 | ISBN: 9780198248606
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597459 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198248601.003.0006

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Inference to the Best Explanation: Salvation by Laws?

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Induction has given way to Infere nce to the Best Explanation (IBE) in the epistemology hospitable to realism, or to metaphysics in general. Both Dretske and Armstrong provide severe critiques of traditional notions of Induction, and offer new foundations for inductive methods. This chapter and the next argue that neither Induction nor IBE qualifies as a rational strategy for change of opinion.

Keywords: David Armstrong; Fred Dretske; epistemology; induction; inference to the best explanation; rationality

Chapter.  8238 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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