Abductively Robust Inference

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Title: Abductively Robust Inference
Authors: Dellsén, Finnur
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/8412
Date: 1-Jan-2017
Abstract: Inference to the Best Explanation (IBE) is widely criticized for being an unreliable form of ampliative inference – partly because the explanatory hypotheses we have considered at a given time may all be false, and partly because there is an asymmetry between the comparative judgment on which an IBE is based and the absolute verdict that IBE is meant to license. In this paper, I present a further reason to doubt the epistemic merits of IBE and argue that it motivates moving to an inferential pattern in which IBE emerges as a degenerate limiting case. Since this inferential pattern is structurally similar to an argumentative strategy known as Inferential Robustness Analysis (IRA), it effectively combines the most attractive features of IBE and IRA into a unified approach to non-deductive inference.
Funding Details: Irish Research Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Copyright (published version): 2017 the Author
Keywords: Inference to the Best ExplanationInferential robustness analysisRNA world
DOI: 10.1093/analys/anx049
10.1093/analys/anx049
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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