SpeakersProfessor Alexander Bird, Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol
University of Exeter,Egenis, Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJ
Room no: GF7, Byrne House
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Eliminative abduction: examples from medical sciencePeter Lipton argues that inference to the best explanation involves the selection of a hypothesis on the basis of its loveliness. I argue that in optimal cases, a form of eliminative induction takes place. I call this 'Holmesian inference', to which inference to the best explanation is an approximation. I illustrate Holmesian inference by reference to examples from the history of medicine.