[SydPhil] Notification: Brian Heddon @ Thu 28 May 2015 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Brian Heddon
Underdetermination and Evidential Support

Skeptics about objective evidential support hold either (i) that evidence  
never supports a hypothesis except by entailing it, or (ii) that evidence  
can support a non-entailed hypothesis, but only relative to some subjective  
factor, like one's own epistemic standards.  Such skeptics argue that a  
relation of evidential support cannot be characterized in purely formal,  
syntactic terms, and that substantive factors like the naturalness of the  
properties involved in the hypothesis likewise cannot ground a relation of  
evidential support.  I defend objective evidential support against such  
skeptical arguments, arguing that while some substantive factors (like  
naturalness) are indeed ill-suited to ground a relation of evidential  
support, other substantive factors are more promising.  In particular,  
facts about the potential explanatoriness of hypotheses can determine the  
degree to which a body of evidence supports a given hypothesis, even when  
the former does not entail the latter.
When: Thu 28 May 2015 15:00 - 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room
Calendar: Current Projects
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