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The Rationality of Induction - D. C. Stove

The Rationality of Induction

Hardcover Published: 10th April 1986
ISBN: 9780198247890
Number Of Pages: 448

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Writing on the justification of certain inductive inferences, the author proposes that sometimes induction is justified and that arguments to prove otherwise are not cogent. In the first part he examines the problem of justifying induction, looks at some attempts to prove that it is justified, and responds to criticisms of these proofs. In the second part he deals with such topics as formal logic, deductive logic, the theory of logical probability, and probability and truth.

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"...A very provocative work. Stove's lively polemics will stimulate much thought, and some irritation, by attacking cherished beliefs of almost every professional philosopher...Stove's arguments are clearly expressed and presuppose minimal technical knowledge, although they are subtle enough to keep philosophers busy trying to refute them..." CHOICE, November 1986

Induction Presupposes Angelsp. 3
'The Problem of Justifying Induction'p. 30
The Sceptical Thesis about Inductionp. 34
What Sort of Thing a Proof that Induction is Justified Would bep. 44
An Attempt to Prove that Induction is Justified: the Relevance of Experiencep. 51
Another Attempt to Prove that Induction is Justified: the Law of Large Numbersp. 55
Responses to These Attempts; and Responses to Themp. 76
Why These Arguments do not Convincep. 99
Introductionp. 113
The Myth of Formal Logicp. 115
Is Deductive Logic Empirical?p. 145
Is the Theory of Logical Probability Groundless?p. 178
Probability and Truthp. 190
Glossary of Numbered Entries in the Textp. 218
Bibliographyp. 226
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780198247890
ISBN-10: 0198247893
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 10th April 1986
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.73  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.38

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