IBE AND EBI
Inference to the best explanation (IBE) is theoretically interesting in that it promises to throw new light on what an explanation is. IBE challenges the standard view of the relation between inference and explanation. We tend to think that first we infer then we scan our pool of inferences for suitable explanations. But as Peter Lipton (2004, Chapter 4) convincingly argues, and as we all suspected from detective stories, this view seriously underestimates the epistemic role of explanation.
KeywordsGood Explanation Minimal Requirement Functional Explanation Explanation Concept Deductive Argument
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