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On Explaining the Success of Induction

Sterkenburg, Tom F. (2021) On Explaining the Success of Induction. [Preprint]

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Douven (2021) observes that Schurz's meta-inductive justification of induction cannot explain the great empirical success of induction, and offers an explanation based on computer simulations of the social and evolutionary development of our inductive practices. In this paper, I argue that Douven's account does not address the explanatory question that Schurz's argument leaves open, and that the assumption of the environment's induction-friendliness that is inherent to Douven's simulations is not justified by Schurz's argument.


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Sterkenburg, Tom F.tom.sterkenburg@lmu.de0000-0002-4860-727X
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Depositing User: Mr Tom Sterkenburg
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2021 03:33
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2021 03:33
Item ID: 18825
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18825

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