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The Inductive Route towards Necessity

Ruyant, Quentin (2019) The Inductive Route towards Necessity. Acta Analytica.

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Abstract

It is generally assumed that relations of necessity cannot be known by induction on experience. In this paper, I propose a notion of situated possibilities, weaker than nomic possibilities, that is compatible with an inductivist
epistemology for modalities. I show that assuming this notion, not only can relations of necessity be known by induction on our experience, but such relations cannot be any more underdetermined by experience than universal regularities. This means that any one believing in a universal regularity is as well warranted to believe in the corresponding relation of necessity.


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Ruyant, Quentinquentin.ruyant@gmail.com
Keywords: Induction Modalities Necessity Underdetermination Epistemology
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Depositing User: Mr. Quentin Ruyant
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2019 16:47
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2019 16:47
Item ID: 16398
Journal or Publication Title: Acta Analytica
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12136-0...
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Date: August 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16398

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