Rules of Inference, Induction, and Ampliative Frameworks

  • Joseph C. Pitt
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 151)


Sellars distinguishes the reasoning appropriate to developing hypotheses and theories, i.e., induction, from that appropriate to testing and justifying its results, deduction. Induction is a legitimate mode of inference; it must be if scientific inquiry is to have any respectability. Sellars not only argues that induction is legitimate, but that empirical science in general is essentially inductive. ([47], p. 355; [40], p. 304) Empirical science proceeds within an inductive framework: a framework which accepts inductive inference as rational.


Natural Kind Inductive Inference Material Move Deductive Inference Constitutive Nature 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph C. Pitt
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of PittsburghUSA

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