|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._____________Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments. |
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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._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
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