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The Material Theory of Induction

Norton, John D. (2021) The Material Theory of Induction. BSPS Open Series (1). BSPS Open / University of Calgary Press, Calgary, Canada. ISBN ISBN 9781773852539 (softcover) | ISBN 9781773852751 (international hardcover) | ISBN 9781773852546 (open access PDF) | ISBN 9781773852553 (PDF) | ISBN 9781773852560 (EPUB)

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Abstract

The fundamental burden of a theory of inductive inference is to determine which are the good inductive inferences or relations of inductive support and why it is that they are so. The traditional approach is modeled on that taken in accounts of deductive inference. It seeks universally applicable schemas or rules or a single formal device, such as the probability calculus. After millennia of halting efforts, none of these approaches has been unequivocally successful and debates between approaches persist.

The Material Theory of Induction identifies the source of these enduring problems in the assumption taken at the outset: that inductive inference can be accommodated by a single formal account with universal applicability. Instead, it argues that that there is no single, universally applicable formal account. Rather, each domain has an inductive logic native to it. The content of that logic and where it can be applied are determined by the facts prevailing in that domain.


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Norton, John D.jdnorton@pitt.edu0000-0003-0936-5308
Keywords: induction, inductive inference, probability, Bayesianism
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Depositing User: John Norton
Date Deposited: 03 May 2022 04:31
Last Modified: 03 May 2022 04:31
Item ID: 20538
Publisher: BSPS Open / University of Calgary Press
Official URL: https://press.ucalgary.ca/books/9781773852539/
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Date: November 2021
Number: 1
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20538

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