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Hume’s theorem

Howson, Colin (2013) Hume’s theorem. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 44 (3). pp. 339-346. ISSN 00393681

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A common criticism of Hume’s famous anti-induction argument is that it is vitiated because it fails to foreclose the possibility of an authentically probabilistic justification of induction. I argue that this claim is false, and that on the contrary, the probability calculus itself, in the form of an elementary consequence that I call Hume’s Theorem, fully endorses Hume’s argument. Various objections, including the often-made claim that Hume is defeated by de Finetti’s exchangeability results, are considered and rejected.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2013 14:49

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