PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Evidential Reasoning Beyond Induction

This paper builds on the author’s eliminativist account of evidence and induction (‘A Pragmatist Theory of Evidence’, Philosophy of Science 82:3, 341-62) to develop a richer ‘theory of inferential judgement’ in which evidence and logic are only one side of the story and important extra-logical (dialectical, rhetorical, socio-political) elements are included as legitimately influencing the goodness of a judgement about a scientific hypothesis. The theory will be illustrated by a case from recent evidence-based social science.

Author Information:

Julian Reiss    
Philosophy
Durham University

 

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