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Inference to the best explanation (IBE) is an alternative method to evaluating the explanatory worth of theories. Psychologists traditionally have evaluated theories employing the Hypothetico-deductive model but as Jansen (2004)[1] points out in other areas of science practitioners as eminent as Darwin and Einstein have employed IBE to supplement their arguments.


See alsoEdit


  1. Jensen, M. (2003) COI stories. Explanation and evidence in the history of science. Perspectives on Science, 10, 457-522.

Further readingEdit

  • Haig, B. (2009). Evaluating explanatory theories (2009) Psychologist,22, 11, 948-950
  • Harman, Gilbert (1965). "The Inference to the Best Explanation," The Philosophical Review 74:1, 88-95.
  • Lipton, P (2004) Inference to the best explanation. (2nd Ed). London. Routledge.

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