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Inference to the Best Theory, Rather than Inference to the Best Explanation — Kinds of Abduction and Induction

  • Theo A. F. Kuipers
Part of the Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook book series (VCIY, volume 11)

An interesting consequence of the structuralist theory of truth approximation, as developed in my From Instrumentalism to Constructive Realism (2000), henceforth ICR, concerns so-called ‘inference to the best explanation’ (IBE). It will be argued that this popular rule among scientific realists can better be replaced by, various kinds of, ‘inference to the best theory’ (IBT).

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Truth Approximation Theoretical Term Theoretical Truth Attribute Term Theoretical Induction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theo A. F. Kuipers
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  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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