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For universal rules, against induction

Worrall, John (2010) For universal rules, against induction. Philosophy of Science, 77 (5). pp. 740-753. ISSN 0031-8248

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This essay criticizes John Norton's 2010 defense of the thesis that "all induction is local." Norton's local inductions are bound, if cogent, to involve general principles, and the need to accredit these general principles threatens to lead to all the usual problems associated with the 'problem of induction'. Norton, in fact, recognizes this threat, but his responses are inadequate. The right response involves not induction but a sophisticated version of hypothetico-deduction. Norton's secondary thesis - that if there is a general account of cogent scientific reasoning, then it is certainly not the one supported by personalist Bayesians - is also criticized.

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Additional Information: © 2010 by the Philosophy of Science Association
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2011 11:58
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2021 00:51

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