Chapter

Induction

Christopher Peacocke

in The Realm of Reason

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780199270729
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600944 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270724.003.0006
Induction

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Argues that the same principles of complexity reduction that he used to explain principles of perceptual entitlement in the preceding chapter can be used to explain the principles of inductive inference. When we have a sound, non‐conclusive inductive inference from a variety of Fs being G to the conclusion that all Fs are G, this holds because the easiest way for the evidence to hold is one that also makes it the case that all Fs are G. Clarifies and elaborates this thesis and traces out its consequences.

Keywords: complexity; entitlement; evidence; Explanation; Induction; inductive inference

Chapter.  5095 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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