There are No Universal Rules for Induction

Publication Year:
2008
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4273
Author(s):
Norton, John D.
conference paper description
In a material theory of induction, inductive inferences are warranted by facts that prevail locally. This approach, it is urged, is preferable to formal theories of induction in which the good inductive inferences are delineated as those conforming to some universal schema. An inductive inference problem concerning indeterministic, non-probabilistic systems in physics is posed and it is argued that Bayesians cannot responsibly analyze it, thereby demonstrating that the probability calculus is not the universal logic of induction.