On Possibilities and Limits of the Application of Inductive Methods

  • Wilhelm K. Essler
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 103)


Inductive reasoning aims at determining the degree of confirmation involved when passing from a premise (which is regarded as problematic in the context) to a conclusion (which is regarded as hypothetical). An inductive conclusion assigns such a degree of confirmation to a conclusion relative to the given premise, the assignment being effected in accordance with a generally described procedure (a generally characterized function). Inductive logic is the theory of these inductive methods; it delinaates them from other procedures or functions, it systematizes them, and it shows in which situations the application of certain inductive methods is justified.


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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1976

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