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Hempel on Inductive Shortcomings in Craigian Method

  • Cheng-Hung Lin
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 141)

Abstract

Professor Carl G. Hempel argues in his ‘The theoretician’s dilemma: A study in the logic of theory construction’1 that a scientific theory establishes not only deductive relationships but also inductive relationships among observational sentences, and that the new theory reconstructed by means of Craigian method from a theory fails to preserve all those inductive relationships. In the present article, Hempel’s argument is analyzed in detail and rejected.

Keywords

Logical Truth Theory Construction White Phosphorus Statistical Sentence Modify Principle 
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References

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  • Cheng-Hung Lin

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