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Direct Inference in the Material Theory of Induction

Peden, William (2018) Direct Inference in the Material Theory of Induction. [Preprint]

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John D. Norton’s “Material Theory of Induction” has been one of the most intriguing recent additions to the philosophy of induction. Norton’s account appears to be a notably natural account of actual inductive practices, though his theory (especially his answer to the Problem of Induction) has attracted considerable criticisms. I detail several novel issues for his theory, but argue that supplementing the Material Theory with a theory of direct inference could address these problems. I argue that if this combination is possible, a stronger theory of inductive reasoning emerges, which has a more propitious answer to the Problem of Induction.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: Induction; John Norton; Material Theory of Induction; Direct Inference; confirmation; confirmation theory; problem of induction; problem of the reference class; evidence; philosophy of statistics
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Depositing User: Dr. William Peden
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 14:19
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 14:19
Item ID: 15038
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Date: 18 September 2018

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