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A Material Theory of Induction

Norton, John D. (2003) A Material Theory of Induction. [Preprint]

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      Abstract

      In this material theory of induction, the inductive inferences of science are not licensed by universal schemas. They are grounded in matters of fact that hold only in particular domains, so that <i>all inductive inference is local</i>. While every schema of the present literature can be applied in the appropriate domain, the material theory suggests that universal schemas can never do full justice to the variety of inductive inferences and inductive inference schemas must ultimately be treated as individuals peculiar to their domains.


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      Item Type: Preprint
      Keywords: induction confirmation
      Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
      Depositing User: John Norton
      Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2003
      Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
      Item ID: 996
      URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/996

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