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Short Answer Questions

  1. What is inference to the best explanation?

  2. What is a theoretical explanation?

  3. What is the logical pattern of inference to the best explanation?

  4. Under what circumstances can an inference to the best explanation be deemed strong? cogent?

  5. What is the minimum requirement of consistency?

  6. What does it mean for a theory to be internally and externally consistent?

  7. What are the criteria of adequacy?

  8. What does it mean for a theory to be the best?

  9. What is the criterion of testability?

  10. What does it mean for a theory to be testable?

  11. What is the criterion of fruitfulness?

  12. What is the criterion of scope? In what way did Einstein’s theory have more scope than Newton’s?

  13. What is the criterion of simplicity?

  14. What is an ad hoc hypothesis?

  15. What is the criterion of conservatism?


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