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Some Worries for Norton’s Material Theory of Induction

Ducheyne, Steffen (2008) Some Worries for Norton’s Material Theory of Induction. [Preprint]


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In this essay, I take the role as friendly commentator and call attention to three potential worries for John D. Norton’s material theory of induction (Norton, 2003). I attempt to show (1) that his “principle argument” is based on a false dichotomy, (2) that the idea that facts ultimately derive their license from matters of fact is debatable, and (3) that one of the core implications of his theory is untenable for historical and fundamental reasons.

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Item Type: Preprint
Ducheyne, Steffen
Additional Information: Note: this is a preprint of a paper of mine that is forthcoming in Philosophia Naturalis. It is not at all meant to replace the origin. This preprint must not be quoted.
Keywords: Induction, inductive generalization, material theory of induction
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Depositing User: Steffen Ducheyne
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:17
Item ID: 4250
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Date: October 2008

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