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The Rationality of Induction

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Writing on the justification of certain inductive inferences, the author proposes that sometimes induction is justified and that arguments to prove otherwise are not cogent. In the first part he examines the problem of justifying induction, looks at some attempts to prove that it is justified, and responds to criticisms of these proofs. In the second part he deals with such topics as formal logic, deductive logic, the theory of logical probability, and probability and truth.

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Overview

Writing on the justification of certain inductive inferences, the author proposes that sometimes induction is justified and that arguments to prove otherwise are not cogent. In the first part he examines the problem of justifying induction, looks at some attempts to prove that it is justified, and responds to criticisms of these proofs. In the second part he deals with such topics as formal logic, deductive logic, the theory of logical probability, and probability and truth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198247890
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Pages: 250
  • Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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University of Sydney
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Induction
I Induction Presupposes Angels 3
II 'The Problem of Justifying Induction' 30
III The Sceptical Thesis about Induction 34
IV What Sort of Thing a Proof that Induction is Justified Would be 44
V An Attempt to Prove that Induction is Justified: the Relevance of Experience 51
VI Another Attempt to Prove that Induction is Justified: the Law of Large Numbers 55
VII Responses to These Attempts; and Responses to Them 76
VIII Why These Arguments do not Convince 99
Part 2 Probability
Introduction 113
IX The Myth of Formal Logic 115
X Is Deductive Logic Empirical? 145
XI Is the Theory of Logical Probability Groundless? 178
XII Probability and Truth 190
Glossary of Numbered Entries in the Text 218
Bibliography 226
Index 229
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