Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
TaintedHow Philosophy of Science Can Expose Bad Science$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199396412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396412.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 08 December 2019

Uncovering Cover-Up

Uncovering Cover-Up

Inference to the Best Explanation in Medicine

Chapter:
(p.157) Chapter 12 Uncovering Cover-Up
Source:
Tainted
Author(s):

Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396412.003.0012

The chapter investigates a third, and perhaps the most prominent, alternative to hypothesis-testing: inference to the best explanation. The chapter shows why this method is superior to those outlined earlier in the book. Its success is a result of its mandating assessment of causes via potential underlying mechanisms, unification of theoretical principles, and counterfactual manipulation of competing hypotheses. To defend inference to the best explanation, the chapter focuses on the Three Mile Island nuclear accident and shows that, contrary to popular beliefs, it killed many people.

Keywords:   cause, counterfactual manipultion, inference to the best explanation, mechanism, medicine, nuclear accident, Three Mile Island, unification

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .