Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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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.
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Best explanation / Field: instead of enumarative induction - then modal completeness is irrelevant.

Fie I
H. Field
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989

Fie II
H. Field
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001

Fie III
H. Field
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-27