Turning Norton’s Dome Against Material Induction

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Foundations of Physics, ISSN: 0015-9018, Vol: 45, Issue: 9, Page: 1101-1109

Publication Year:
2015
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11663
DOI:
10.1007/s10701-015-9943-0
Author(s):
Dawid, Richard
Publisher(s):
Springer Nature; Springer
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Physics and Astronomy
article description
John Norton has proposed a position of “material induction” that denies the existence of a universal inductive inference schema behind scientific reasoning. In this vein, Norton has recently presented a “dome scenario” based on Newtonian physics that, in his understanding, is at variance with Bayesianism. The present note points out that a closer analysis of the dome scenario reveals incompatibilities with material inductivism itself.