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The Non-existence of Probabilistic Inductive Support

  • Karl R. Popper

Abstract

Using a minimum of propositional logic and of the elementary calculus of probability (see Appendix), David Miller and I (Popper and Miller, 1983) published a very short paper in which we proved that probabilistic support in the sense of the calculus of probability can never be inductive support. As some knowledgeable people remained unconvinced, I am here restating our case, adding some further proofs.

Keywords

Propositional Logic Deductive System Axiom System Probabilistic Support Probabilistic Inductive 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl R. Popper
    • 1
  1. 1.Fallowfield, Manor ClosePenn, BuckinghamshireEngland

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