Location

University of Windsor

Document Type

Paper

Keywords

Argumentation, Conductive Arguments, Inference to the Best Explanation, Science and Argumentation.

Start Date

18-5-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

21-5-2011 5:00 PM

Abstract

I will demonstrate that conductive arguments are found in the inference to the best explana-tion as it is used in science. Conductive arguments, I argue, operate on two levels: the first is in the con-struction of hypotheses; the second is through the competition of hypotheses. By constructing arguments based on observations of facts, all possible (conceivable) factors are taken into account and a judgment is made based on our weighing of considerations: conductive argumentation.

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Conductive arguments and the ‘inference to the best explanation’

University of Windsor

I will demonstrate that conductive arguments are found in the inference to the best explana-tion as it is used in science. Conductive arguments, I argue, operate on two levels: the first is in the con-struction of hypotheses; the second is through the competition of hypotheses. By constructing arguments based on observations of facts, all possible (conceivable) factors are taken into account and a judgment is made based on our weighing of considerations: conductive argumentation.