Induction and Justification

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


Sellars’ theory of justification rests on a theory of probability wherein a reorientation is urged on us concerning the meaning of ‘probable’. To say a statement is probable, means, according to Sellars, that there is good reason for accepting the statement as true. The giving of good reasons involves practical reason and a general goal. In the context of science practical reasoning occurs in the meta-language of a theory. The goal is an explanatorily coherent theory.


Inductive Reasoning Inductive Inference Logical Relation Major Premise Empirical Claim 
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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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