Clarifying Relative Plausibility: A Rejoinder

18 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2019

Date Written: February 19, 2019


This rejoinder replies to twenty commentaries on our article, "Relative Plausibility and Its Critics" (available at:

Our response has four objectives:

(1) presenting further details regarding relative plausibility and the scope of our project in order to address some of our critics' claims of ambiguity;

(2) examining some important methodological considerations;

(3) clarifying the significance of the conjunction problem and its role in the "probability debates"; and

(4) noting avenues for future research.

Keywords: evidence, proof, epistemology, probability, plausibility, inference to the best explanation

Suggested Citation

Allen, Ronald Jay and Pardo, Michael S., Clarifying Relative Plausibility: A Rejoinder (February 19, 2019). U of Alabama Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3338080 (2019). Available at SSRN: or

Ronald Jay Allen

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Michael S. Pardo (Contact Author)

University of Alabama School of Law ( email )

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