Session 4.2.2

Inference to the Best Explanation (Scott Brewer, Giovanni Sartor)

Thursday, 19 July, second afternoon session: 15h40-17h

NB: This session is now on analogy (see session 3.2.2). The discussion of inference to the best explanation has been moved to Friday, July 20, first afternoon session: 14h-15h20.

Themes covered in this session:

  • The invariant structure of inference to the best explanation
  • Diffferent species of inference to the best explanation (including inference to the best factual, interpretive, legal, logical explanation)
  • Relation of inference to the best explanation to deductive, inductive and analogical modes of inference
  • Induction and defeasibility

Handouts and slides:

Readings

Sinnott-Armstrong and Fogelin, Understanding Arguments, 8th ed., pages 257-67

Brown, The Economy of Peirce’s Abduction

Cases

  • Drennan v Star Paving (link)
  • James Baird v. Gimbel Bros.(link)
  • Searight v. New Jersey (link)

Optional readings

  • Brown, The Economy of Peirce’s Abudction
  • Sinnott-Armstrong and Fogelin, Understanding Arguments, 8th ed., pages 267-76

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