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William Whewell's Semantic Account of Induction

Dethier, Corey (2018) William Whewell's Semantic Account of Induction. [Preprint]

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William Whewell’s account of induction differs dramatically from the one familiar from twentieth-century debates. I argue that Whewell’s induction can be usefully understood by comparing the difference between his views and more standard accounts to contemporary debates between semantic and syntactic views of theories: rather than understanding inductive inference as capturing a relationship between sentences or propositions, Whewell understands it as a method for constructing a model of the world. The difference between this (“semantic”) view and the more familiar (“syntactic”) picture of induction is reflected in other aspects of Whewell’s philosophy of science, particularly his treatment of consilience and the order of discovery.


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Dethier, Coreycorey.dethier@gmail.com0000-0002-1240-8391
Keywords: Whewell, induction, consilience,
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Corey Dethier
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 01:56
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2018 01:56
Item ID: 15255
Official URL: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/...
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Date: 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15255

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