Direct inference in the material theory of induction

William PEDEN*

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John D. Norton’s “Material Theory of Induction” has been one of the most intriguing recent additions to the philosophy of induction. Norton’s account appears to be a notably natural account of actual inductive practices, although his theory (especially his answer to the Problem of Induction) has attracted considerable criticism. I detail several novel issues for his theory but argue that supplementing the Material Theory with a theory of direct inference could address these problems. I argue that if this combination is possible, a stronger theory of inductive reasoning emerges, which has a more propitious answer to the Problem of Induction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)672-695
Number of pages24
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes


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