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Title: Inference to the best explanation in science
Author: Walker, David
ISNI:       0000 0004 2673 3536
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis defends inference to the best explanation (IBE) by giving an account of explanatory 'loveliness' in science. I begin by presenting IBE in generic form and showing how it out-performs rival accounts of induction. I then trace a path through the early literature which emphasises the role of background belief in determining loveliness. I then introduce crucial features of Lipton's account of IBE. I argue that Lipton's remarks on loveliness, through minimal, support the background-dependent view and that, appropriately construed, the view does not trivialise IBE.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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