The Problem of Induction

[Revised entry by John Vickers on March 14, 2014. Changes to: Bibliography] The original problem of induction can be simply put. It concerns the support or justification of inductive methods;
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[Revised entry by John Vickers on March 14, 2014. Changes to: Bibliography] The original problem of induction can be simply put. It concerns the support or justification of inductive methods; methods that predict or infer, in Hume's words, that "instances of which we have had no experience resemble those of which we have had experience" (THN, 89). Such methods are clearly essential in scientific reasoning as well as in the conduct of our everyday affairs. The problem is how to support or justify them and it leads to a dilemma: the principle cannot be proved deductively, for it is...

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