Direct Inference in the Material Theory of Induction

Philosophy of Science 86 (4):672-695 (2019)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

John D. Norton’s “Material Theory of Induction” has been one of the most intriguing recent additions to the philosophy of induction. Norton’s account appears to be a notably natural account of actual inductive practices, although his theory has attracted considerable criticism. I detail several novel issues for his theory but argue that supplementing the Material Theory with a theory of direct inference could address these problems. I argue that if this combination is possible, a stronger theory of inductive reasoning emerges, which has a more propitious answer to the Problem of Induction.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,075

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

A material theory of induction.John D. Norton - 2003 - Philosophy of Science 70 (4):647-670.
Turning Norton’s Dome Against Material Induction.Richard Dawid - 2015 - Foundations of Physics 45 (9):1101-1109.
There Are No Universal Rules for Induction.John D. Norton - 2010 - Philosophy of Science 77 (5):765-777.
Induction by Direct Inference Meets the Goodman Problem.Paul D. Thorn - 2018 - Kriterion - Journal of Philosophy 32 (2):1-24.
Logically reliable inductive inference.Oliver Schulte - 2007 - In Friend Michele, Goethe Norma B. & Harizanov Valentina (eds.), Induction, algorithmic learning theory, and philosophy. Springer. pp. 157-178.
Induction and inference to the best explanation.Ruth Weintraub - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 166 (1):203-216.
Induction and Natural Kinds Revisited.Howard Sankey - 2021 - In Stathis Psillos, Benjamin Hill & Henrik Lagerlund (eds.), Causal Powers in Science: Blending Historical and Conceptual Perspectives. Oxford University Press. pp. 284-299.

Analytics

Added to PP
2018-09-20

Downloads
84 (#200,976)

6 months
20 (#130,915)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

William Peden
Johannes Kepler University of Linz

Citations of this work

A Hybrid Theory of Induction.Adrià Segarra - forthcoming - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
Introduction.Elay Shech & Wendy S. Parker - 2021 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 85:30-33.

Add more citations