Episteme 15 (2):202-208 (2018)

Zach Barnett
National University of Singapore
Han Li
Rutgers University - Camden
Roger White (2015) sketches an ingenious new solution to the problem of induction. He argues from the principle of indifference for the conclusion that the world is more likely to be induction- friendly than induction-unfriendly. But there is reason to be skeptical about the proposed indifference-based vindication of induction. It can be shown that, in the crucial test cases White concentrates on, the assumption of indifference renders induction no more accurate than random guessing. After discussing this result, the paper explains why the indifference-based argument seemed so compelling, despite ultimately being unsound.
Keywords epistemology  induction  inductive skepticism  principle of indifference
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DOI 10.1017/epi.2017.2
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