Explanatory coherence

  title={Explanatory coherence},
  author={Paul Thagard},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={435 - 467}
  • P. Thagard
  • Published 1 September 1989
  • Philosophy
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Abstract This target article presents a new computational theory of explanatory coherence that applies to the acceptance and rejection of scientific hypotheses as well as to reasoning in everyday life. The theory consists of seven principles that establish relations of local coherence between a hypothesis and other propositions. A hypothesis coheres with propositions that it explains, or that explain it, or that participate with it in explaining other propositions, or that offer analogous… 
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