Empirical Equivalence, Explanatory Force, and the Inference to the Best Theory
Author: Douven, Igor
Source: Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Confirmation, Empirical Progress and Truth Approximation. Essays in Debate with Theo Kuipers Volume 1. Edited by Roberto Festa, Atocha Aliseda and Jeanne Peijnenburg , pp. 281-309(29)
Abstract: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