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.
"...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