The Foundations of Inductive Logic

L. Jonathan Cohen

in The Probable and The Provable

Published in print December 1977 | ISBN: 9780198244127
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680748 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

The Foundations of Inductive Logic

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This chapter offers a description on the foundations of inductive logic. In order to provide a rational reconstruction for the concept of inductive probability, it is necessary first to provide one for the concept of inductive support. But a theory of inductive support should not aim to axiomatize its author's intuitions. Its primary data are the judgements of reputable scientists, not the intuitive deliverances of philosophers. Questions about the nature of inductive support are not easily answered. The issues are highly controversial and there is not even any general agreement about the premisses on which a resolution of the issues should be founded.

Keywords: inductive logic; rational reconstruction; inductive probability; inductive support; foundations

Chapter.  3005 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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