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On the True Method of Induction or Investigative Induction: Real But Invisible

Hattiangadi, Jagdish (2006) On the True Method of Induction or Investigative Induction: Real But Invisible. In: [2007] LSE-Pitt Conference: Confirmation, Induction and Science (London, 8 - 10 March, 2007).

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    Abstract

    Scientists apply Bacon’s investigative induction by first cataloguing experimental discrepancies among apparent natures of things. Induction begins by multiplying discrepancies, thus creating a puzzle with multiple clues. Solved puzzles thus give us power to produce those unusual, discrepant effects. Bacon’s experimental method, however, is not empiricist. Grasping things empirically, like receiving impressions on a wax tablet, presupposes that our senses cannot deceive us whenever we are deceived: we err in our interpretations. Empiricism thus leaves no objective discrepancies to resolve, as deception resides in our interpretation. Scientific induction, for all its success, becomes invisible to modern empiricist methodologists


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Bacon, Induction, Puzzle-solving, empiricism, "deception of the senses", ampliative, investigative, skepticism, Pyrrhonian, Inductive inference, deduction for experiments, experimantal method
    Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    General Issues > Explanation
    General Issues > Experimentation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2007] LSE-Pitt Conference: Confirmation, Induction and Science (London, 8 - 10 March, 2007)
    Depositing User: Jagdish Hattiangadi
    Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 3109
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3109

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