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Best Explanations: New Essays on Inference to the Best Explanation

ISBN : 9780198746904

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Author: 
Kevin McCain ; Ted Poston
Pages
304 Pages
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Hardcover
Size
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Dec 2017
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Explanatory reasoning is ubiquitous. Not only are rigorous inferences to the best explanation used pervasively in the sciences, this kind of reasoning is common in everyday life. Despite its widespread use, inference to the best explanation is still in need of precise formulation, and it remains controversial. On the one hand, supporters of explanationism take inference to the best explanation to be a justifying form of inference; some even take all justification to be a matter of explanatory reasoning. On the other hand, critics object that inference to the best explanation is not a fundamental form of inference, and some argue that we should be skeptical of inference to the best explanation in general. This volume brings together twenty philosophers to explore various aspects of inference to the best explanation and the debates surrounding it. These specially commissioned essays constitute the cutting edge of research on the role explanatory considerations play in epistemology and philosophy of science.

Index: 

1 Kevin McCain & Ted Poston: Best Explanations: An Introduction
2 Igor Douven: Inference to the Best Explanation: What is It? And Why Should We Care?
3 Peirce and Ramsey: Truth, Pragmatism, and Inference to the Best Explanation: Peirce and Ramsey: Truth, Pragmatism, and Inference to the Best Explanation
4 Jonah N. Schupbach: Inference to the Best Explanation, Cleaned Up and Made Respectable
5 Richard Fumerton: Reasoning to the Best Explanation
6 Kareem Khalifa, Jared Millson, & Mark Risjord: Inference to the Best Explanation: Fundamentalism's Failures
7 Alexander Bird: Inference to the Best Explanation, Bayesianism, and Knowledge
8 Kevin McCain & Ted Poston: The Evidential Impact of Explanatory Considerations
9 J. Adam Carter & Duncan Pritchard: Inference to the Best Explanation and Epistemic Circularity
10 Ali Hasan: In Defense of Rationalism about Abductive Inference
11 James R. Beebe: Does Skepticism Presuppose Explanationism?
12 Ruth Weintraub: Scepticism about Inference to the Best Explanation
13 Susanna Rinard: External World Skepticism and Inference to the Best Explanation
14 William Roche: Explanation, Confirmation, and Hempel's Paradox
15 Timothy McGrew: The Spirit of Cromwell's Rule
16 Leah Henderson: Bayesianism and Inference to the Best Explanation: The Case of Individual vs. Group Selection
17 Elizabeth Fricker: Inference to the Best Explanation and the Receipt of Testimony: Testimonial Reductionism Vindicated

About the author: 

Kevin McCain is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research focuses on issues in epistemology and philosophy of science-particularly where these areas intersect. In addition to numerous journal articles, he has written two books: Evidentialism and Epistemic Justification (Routledge, 2014) and The Nature of Scientific Knowledge: An Explanatory Approach (Springer, 2016).; Ted Poston is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Alabama. He has written many articles in epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion. His first book Reason and Explanation (Palgrave-Macmillan) offers a contemporary defense of explanatory coherentism. His second book, written with Adam Carter, A Critical Introduction to Knowledge-How (Bloomsbury) presents a sustained argument that knowledge-how is a unique grasp of non-propositional reality.

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