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Laws and Symmetry$
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Bas C. van Fraassen

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780198248606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198248601.001.0001

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Inference to the Best Explanation: Salvation by Laws?

Inference to the Best Explanation: Salvation by Laws?

(p.131) 6 Inference to the Best Explanation: Salvation by Laws?
Laws and Symmetry

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Induction has given way to Infere nce to the Best Explanation (IBE) in the epistemology hospitable to realism, or to metaphysics in general. Both Dretske and Armstrong provide severe critiques of traditional notions of Induction, and offer new foundations for inductive methods. This chapter and the next argue that neither Induction nor IBE qualifies as a rational strategy for change of opinion.

Keywords:   David Armstrong, Fred Dretske, epistemology, induction, inference to the best explanation, rationality

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