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What philosophy can tell us about predicting (and failing to predict) election results

Those who backed Corbyn from the start feel they have been vindicated—but if they were right, they were right by accident. That won't do

By Alex Dean  

Jeremy Corbyn led Labour to a better-than-expected result on 8th June. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

Those who study philosophy are often accused of having their heads in the clouds, happier pondering arcane points of logic than thinking about the world as we actually experience it. There is some truth to this. But reflecting on the shock general election result a week or so ago, it occurs to me that one particular philosophical argument can shed light on an actual, real-world event. It is an argument found in epistemology, or the study…

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