How explanation guides confirmation

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Climenhaga, Nevin. (2017). How explanation guides confirmation. Philosophy of Science: official journal of the Philosophy of Science Association. 84(2), pp. 359 - 368. https://doi.org/10.1086/690723
AuthorsClimenhaga, Nevin
Abstract

Where E is the proposition that [If H and O were true, H would explain O], William Roche and Elliot Sober have argued that P(H | O&E) = P(H | O). In this article I argue that not only is this equality not generally true, it is false in the very kinds of cases that Roche and Sober focus on, involving frequency data. In fact, in such cases O raises the probability of H only given that there is an explanatory connection between them.

Year2017
JournalPhilosophy of Science: official journal of the Philosophy of Science Association
Journal citation84 (2), pp. 359 - 368
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
ISSN0031-8248
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1086/690723
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85015221728
Page range359 - 368
Research GroupDianoia Institute of Philosophy
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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