Propensities and Inductive Explanation
One of the leading themes in our analysis of the behavior of systems (such as human agents) has been that overt behavior is to be accounted for in terms of some “underlying” covert activated processes. Thus, for instance, human actions are to be understood and explained by reference to suitable activated proattitudes. Proattitudes are to be realistically construed as dispositions (to behave) and the underlying activated bases of these dispositions are given the heaviest burden in the explanation of actions. We construed our explanatory psychological concepts according to a certain functionalist analogy account (Chapters 3 and 4), which seems to accord well with actual scientific practice.
KeywordsReference Class Specific Predicate Inductive Probability Probability Calculus Singular Statement
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