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The Book of Evidence$
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Peter Achinstein

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195143898

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195143892.001.0001

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The Explanatory Connection

The Explanatory Connection

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(p.145) 7 The Explanatory Connection
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The Book of Evidence
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Peter Achinstein (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195143892.003.0007

Although necessary for evidence, a probability of the hypothesis on the putative evidence greater than half is not sufficient. What is required, it is argued, is that there be a probability greater than half that there is an explanatory connection between the hypothesis and the evidence, given the evidence. The concept of an ”explanatory connection” is defined, and it is shown how this condition yields a good reason to believe and avoids counterexamples against standard probability views of evidence.

Keywords:   evidence, explanatory connection, hypothesis, probability, reason to believe

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