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The Probable and The Provable$
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L. Jonathan Cohen

Print publication date: 1977

Print ISBN-13: 9780198244127

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198244127.001.0001

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The Foundations of Inductive Logic

The Foundations of Inductive Logic

12 The Foundations of Inductive Logic
The Probable and The Provable

L. Jonathan Cohen

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a description on the foundations of inductive logic. In order to provide a rational reconstruction for the concept of inductive probability, it is necessary first to provide one for the concept of inductive support. But a theory of inductive support should not aim to axiomatize its author's intuitions. Its primary data are the judgements of reputable scientists, not the intuitive deliverances of philosophers. Questions about the nature of inductive support are not easily answered. The issues are highly controversial and there is not even any general agreement about the premisses on which a resolution of the issues should be founded.

Keywords:   inductive logic, rational reconstruction, inductive probability, inductive support, foundations

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