Epistemic justification and methodological luck in inflationary cosmology

Casey Mccoy

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I present a recent historical case from cosmology—the story of inflationary cosmology—and on its basis argue that solving explanatory problems is a reliable method for making progress in science. In particular, I claim that the success of inflationary theory at solving its predecessor’s explanatory problems justified the theory epistemically, even in advance of the development of novel predictions from the theory and the later confirmation of those predictions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
JournalThe British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Early online date22 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jan 2018

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