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Inferring and Explaining

Author: Jeffery L. Johnson
Subject: Philosophy
Source: Open Textbook Library
Publisher: Portland State University Library
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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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