Explanatory reasoning in the material theory of induction

William PEDEN*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review

Abstract

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
Number of pages12
JournalMetascience
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Explanatory reasoning in the material theory of induction'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this