Theoretical Concepts and Hypothetico-Inductive Inference

  • Ilkka Niiniluoto
  • Raimo Tuomela

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 53)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Ilkka Niiniluoto, Raimo Tuomela
    Pages 1-21
  3. Ilkka Niiniluoto, Raimo Tuomela
    Pages 22-29
  4. Ilkka Niiniluoto, Raimo Tuomela
    Pages 30-50
  5. Ilkka Niiniluoto, Raimo Tuomela
    Pages 51-56
  6. Ilkka Niiniluoto, Raimo Tuomela
    Pages 57-63
  7. Ilkka Niiniluoto, Raimo Tuomela
    Pages 64-87
  8. Ilkka Niiniluoto, Raimo Tuomela
    Pages 88-117
  9. Ilkka Niiniluoto, Raimo Tuomela
    Pages 118-140
  10. Ilkka Niiniluoto, Raimo Tuomela
    Pages 165-195
  11. Ilkka Niiniluoto, Raimo Tuomela
    Pages 196-245
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 246-268

About this book


Conceptual change and its connection to the development of new seien­ tific theories has reeently beeome an intensively discussed topic in philo­ sophieal literature. Even if the inductive aspects related to conceptual change have already been discussed to some extent, there has so far existed no systematic treatment of inductive change due to conceptual enrichment. This is what we attempt to accomplish in this work, al­ though most of our technical results are restricted to the framework of monadic languages. We extend Hintikka's system of inductive logic to apply to situations in which new concepts are introduced to the original language. By interpreting them as theoretica1 concepts, it is possible to discuss a number of currently debated philosophical and methodological problems which have previously escaped systematic and exact treatment. For instance, the role which seientific theories employing theoretical con­ cepts may play within inductive inference can be studied within this framework. From the viewpoint of seientific realism, sueh a study gives outlines for a theory of what we call hypothetico-induetive inference. Some parts of this work which are based on Hintikka's system of in­ ductive logic are fairly technical. However, no previous knowledge of this system is required, but, in general, acquaintance with the basic ideas of elementary logic and probability theory is suffieient. This work is part of a project, originated by Professors Jaakko Hintikka and Raimo Tuomela, concerning the role of theoretical concepts in science.


concept dynamics invariance logic probability

Authors and affiliations

  • Ilkka Niiniluoto
    • 1
  • Raimo Tuomela
    • 2
  1. 1.Humanities Research CouncilAcademy of FinlandFinland
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of HelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1973
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-2598-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-2596-6
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