Induction and inference to the best explanation

Ruth Weintraub*

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In this paper I adduce a new argument in support of the claim that IBE is an autonomous (indispensable) form of inference, based on a familiar, yet surprisingly, under-discussed, problem for Hume's theory of induction. I then use some insights thereby gleaned to argue for the (reductionist) claim that induction is really IBE, and draw some normative conclusions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-216
Number of pages14
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • Induction
  • Inference to the best explanation
  • Scepticism


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