Inference to the Best Explanation
This chapter recommends the use of inference to the best explanation for evaluating the worth of theories in psychology. It is suggested that it is a more appropriate account of theory appraisal than both the popular hypothetico-deductive method and the widely heralded Bayesian approach. A number of different explications of inference to the best explanation are discussed. Particular attention is given to the theory of explanatory coherence, which is the most detailed extant explication of inference to the best explanation.
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