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Norton's material theory of analogy

Bartha, Paul (2020) Norton's material theory of analogy. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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In his book, The Material Theory of Induction, Norton argues that the quest for a universal formal theory or ‘schema’ for analogical inference should be abandoned. In
its place, he offers the “material theory of analogy”: each analogical inference is “powered” by a local fact of analogy rather than by any formal schema. His minimalist
model promises a straightforward, fact-based approach to the evaluation and justification of analogical inferences. This paper argues that although the rejection of
universal schemas is justified, Norton’s positive theory is limited in scope: it works well only for a restricted class of analogical inferences. Both facts and quasi-formal
criteria have roles to play in a theory of analogical reasoning.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Keywords: Norton, analogy, material theory of induction, analogical reasoning
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Depositing User: Paul Bartha
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2020 01:38
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2020 01:38
Item ID: 18053
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Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Date: 2020

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