In this paper, I evaluate van Fraassen’s critique of the Inference to the Best Explanation (IBE) by focusing mainly on his argument of bad lot. First, I argue that his attack is about the reliability of IBE as a rule of inference. Secondly, I evaluate the most famous realist IBE in the philosophy of science literature, namely the No-Miracle Argument (NMA). I stick to Mark Newman’s attack to realist NMA and admit his claim that NMA is viciously circular. Thirdly, I introduce the anti-realist alternative to the NMA, which is argued by van Fraassen, namely the Selectionist Explanation. Ultimately, I claim that, even though van Fraassen finds IBE wanting, SA has a form of IBE and thus it is a token of IBE as well.
Publication Date : July 13, 2015
|APA||ERDENK, E . (2015). Two Tokens of the Inference to the Best Explanation: No-Miracle Argument and the Selectionist Explanation. Beytulhikme An International Journal of Philosophy , 5 (1) , 31-46 . DOI: 10.18491/bijop.59053|