On Redundant Hypotheses in Inductive Fields of Inquiry
International Journal of Philosophy
Volume 5, Issue 2, April 2017, Pages: 12-22
Received: Mar. 8, 2017; Accepted: Mar. 18, 2017; Published: Apr. 1, 2017
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Rishabh Jha, Independent Researcher, Patna, India
Piyush Sneh Tirkey, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India
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Abstract
The history of human intellectual pursuit is replete with examples containing many redundant hypotheses. Here, an attempt has been made to theorize and analyze the philosophical status of redundant hypotheses along with an understanding from psychological and evolutionary perspective. The entire range of human explorations, ranging from the “God” hypothesis to the paradigm of scientific thinking has been carefully explored. A detailed assessment of redundant hypotheses and the role these play in the human psychology, is done. Further, the situation has been studied that what possibilities exist when a hypothesis becomes redundant. One such phenomenon, namely that of coincidence, has been reviewed and illustrated that how it can play a significant role in causal induction and fill the void created by scrapping off the redundant hypotheses.
Keywords
Philosophy of Redundant Hypotheses, Curiosity, The “God” Hypothesis, The “Science” Hypothesis, Coincidences, Causality, Philosophy
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Rishabh Jha, Piyush Sneh Tirkey, On Redundant Hypotheses in Inductive Fields of Inquiry, International Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2017, pp. 12-22. doi: 10.11648/j.ijp.20170502.12
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