Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

 
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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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 / Harman / Fraassen: not committed to adopting unobservable entities - I 22 FraassenVsBE: even if I am obliged to say that a theory is either true or false, I am not obliged to conclude it! - I am when I’m determined not to remain neutral - Simplicity: does not commit me on a theory that I do not believe - false solution: to assume just a second (false) theory, and then to use the BE in order to choose the other - to follow normal patterns of inference does not make realists of us all - ((s) otherwise the anti-realism would have to be logically false).


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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.

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B. van Fraassen
The Scientific Image Oxford 1980


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-09-22