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IBE AND EBI

On explanation before inference
  • JOHANNES PERSSON
Part of the BOSTON STUDIES IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE book series (BSPS, volume 252)

Abstract

Inference to the best explanation (IBE) is theoretically interesting in that it promises to throw new light on what an explanation is. IBE challenges the standard view of the relation between inference and explanation. We tend to think that first we infer then we scan our pool of inferences for suitable explanations. But as Peter Lipton (2004, Chapter 4) convincingly argues, and as we all suspected from detective stories, this view seriously underestimates the epistemic role of explanation.

Keywords

Good Explanation Minimal Requirement Functional Explanation Explanation Concept Deductive Argument 
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