Philosophy: Colloquium: Jonah Schupbach

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Philosophy: Colloquium: Jonah Schupbach
February 15, 2013 4:10 pm
February 15, 2013 5:30 pm
Lory Student Center 214-216
CO, United States

“Inference to the Best Explanation, Cleaned Up and Made Respectable”

by Jonah Schupbach (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh), Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Utah

Location: Lory Student Center 214-216

Free and open to the public

ABSTRACT: Despite decades of focused philosophical investigation, Inference to the Best Explanation (IBE) remains without a clear articulation and compelling defense. The primary reason for this is that it is not at all clear what it means for a hypothesis to be the best available explanation of the evidence. This paper first seeks to rectify this problem by developing a formal explication of the concept of explanatory power. The resulting account of IBE is then evaluated as a form of uncertain inference. Overall, this paper offers a precise account and novel defense of IBE.

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