Empirical Equivalence, Explanatory Force, and the Inference to the Best Theory

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In this paper I discuss the rule of inference proposed by Kuipers under the name of Inference to the Best Theory. In particular, I argue that the rule needs to be strengthened if it is to serve realist purposes. I further describe a method for testing, and perhaps eventually justifying, a suitably strengthened version of it.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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