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Single Idea 16850

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 1. Explanation / a. Explanation]

Full Idea

Explanation is a partial answer to the descriptive problem of induction, …but the justificatory problem is recalcitrant, since it may seem particularly implausible that explanatory considerations should be a reliable guide to truth.

Gist of Idea

Explanation may describe induction, but may not show how it justifies, or leads to truth


Peter Lipton (Inference to the Best Explanation (2nd) [2004], 09 'Voltaire's')

Book Reference

Lipton,Peter: 'Inference to the Best Explanation (2nd ed)' [Routledge 2004], p.142

A Reaction

His claim that explanation is a guide to inference is intended to bridge the gap. One might say that a good explanation has to be true, so just make sure your explanation is 'good', according to a few criteria.