|Best explanation: preference for one hypothesis over others. The choice can be done within a theory or result in the transition to another theory. See also explanation.|
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Best explanation / BE / Field: wants to maintain certain beliefs about phenomena - these phenomena are then accepted as naked truth - Problem: BE also leads to belief in unobservables - then observation should not make a difference! - as-if statements: may not travel piggyback on real explanation - Restriction of the BE on observable: would cripple our beliefs.
Best explanation / Field: instead of enumarative induction - then modal completeness is irrelevant.
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980