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Probability and Hume's Inductive Scepticism$
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D.C. Stove

Print publication date: 1973

Print ISBN-13: 9780198245018

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245018.001.0001

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Its Further Interpretation and Generalization

Its Further Interpretation and Generalization

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(p.53) 4 Its Further Interpretation and Generalization
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Probability and Hume's Inductive Scepticism
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D. C. STOVE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245018.003.0005

This chapter reviews the further interpretation and generalization of David Hume's argument for inductive scepticism. It first introduces the nature of Hume's predictive-inductive scepticism. It also addresses the sceptical content of the statement of logical probability. In addition, Hume's first suppressed premiss as a statement of logical probability is shown. The fallibilist consequence as a statement of logical probability, and the deductivist premiss as a statement of logical probability are covered. The chapter then outlines the generalization of the sceptical conclusion and fallibilist consequence, and the essence of Hume's argument for general inductive scepticism.

Keywords:   David Hume, Hume's argument, inductive scepticism, logical probability, suppressed premisses, fallibilist, deductivist premisses

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