Explanatory reasoning in the material theory of induction

William PEDEN*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In his recent book, John Norton has created a theory of inference to the best explanation, within the context of his "material theory of induction". I apply it to the problem of scientific explanations that are false: if we want the theories in our explanations to be true, then why do historians and scientists often say that false theories explained phenomena? I also defend Norton's theory against some possible objections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-309
Number of pages12
Issue number3
Early online date27 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes


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