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Investigating the Psychological WorldScientific Method in the Behavioral Sciences$
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Brian D. Haig

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027366

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027366.001.0001

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Theory Appraisal

Theory Appraisal

Inference to the Best Explanation

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(p.105) 5 Theory Appraisal
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Investigating the Psychological World
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Brian D. Haig

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027366.003.0005

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.

Keywords:   inference to the best explanation, theory of explanatory coherence, other methods of theory appraisal

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