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Best Explanations: New Essays on Inference to the Best Explanation

EditorKevin Mccain, Ted Poston

Hardcover | December 18, 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 itremains 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 nota 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 commissionedessays constitute the cutting edge of research on the role explanatory considerations play in epistemology and philosophy of science.
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) ...
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Title:Best Explanations: New Essays on Inference to the Best ExplanationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:December 18, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Kevin McCain and Ted Poston: Best Explanations: An Introduction2. 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 Explanation4. Jonah N. Schupbach: Inference to the Best Explanation, Cleaned Up and Made Respectable5. Richard Fumerton: Reasoning to the Best Explanation6. Kareem Khalifa, Jared Millson, and Mark Risjord: Inference to the Best Explanation: Fundamentalism's Failures7. Alexander Bird: Inference to the Best Explanation, Bayesianism, and Knowledge8. Kevin McCain and Ted Poston: The Evidential Impact of Explanatory Considerations9. J. Adam Carter and Duncan Pritchard: Inference to the Best Explanation and Epistemic Circularity10. Ali Hasan: In Defense of Rationalism about Abductive Inference11. James R. Beebe: Does Skepticism Presuppose Explanationism?12. Ruth Weintraub: Scepticism about Inference to the Best Explanation13. Susanna Rinard: External World Skepticism and Inference to the Best Explanation14. William Roche: Explanation, Confirmation, and Hempel's Paradox15. Timothy McGrew: The Spirit of Cromwell's Rule16. Leah Henderson: Bayesianism and Inference to the Best Explanation: The Case of Individual vs. Group Selection17. Elizabeth Fricker: Inference to the Best Explanation and the Receipt of Testimony: Testimonial Reductionism Vindicated