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Inferring and Explaining is a book in practical epistemology. It examines the notion of evidence and assumes that good evidence is the essence of rational thinking. Evidence is the cornerstone of the natural, social, and behavioral sciences. But it is equally central to almost all academic pursuits and, perhaps most importantly, to the basic need to live an intelligent and reflective life.

The book further assumes that a particular model of evidence— Inference to the Best Explanation—not only captures the essence of (good) evidence but suggests a very practical, and pedagogically useful, procedure for evidence evaluation. The book is intended primarily for two sorts of introductory courses. First and foremost are courses in critical thinking (or informal or practical logic). In addition, however, the book has application in more general courses (or major sections of courses) in introductory philosophy.

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DOI

10.15760/pdxopen-20

Publication Date

1-25-2019

Publisher

Portland State University Library

Subjects

Theory of knowledge, Epistemic logic, Inference, Explanation, Critical thinking

Rights

© 2019 Jeffery L. Johnson

Creative Commons License
This open access textbook is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Notes

This publication was made possible by the PDXOpen publishing initiative. Published by Portland State University Library Portland.

Portland State University is a member of the Open Textbook Network Publishing Cooperative

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https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/27290

Inferring and Explaining

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