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Hume's Problem: Induction and the Justification of Belief

Colin Howson


This book is an extended discussion of Hume's famous sceptical argument that we have no reason to believe that the future will resemble the past. In the context of scientific methodology, this implies that however stringent the process of experimentation, the data supplied does not in itself support any one general hypothesis over another. There have been many attempts since Hume published this argument to show that it is mistaken, or that it itself begs the question. These attempts, which fall under the various headings of probabilism, reliabilism, deductivism, the No‐Miracles argument, and n ... More

Keywords: belief, deductivism, Colin Howson, David Hume, induction, inductive inference, justification, logic, No‐Miracles argument, probabilism, reliabilism, scepticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198250371
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198250371.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Howson, author
London School of Economics
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