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Probability and Hume's Inductive Scepticism$
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D.C. Stove

Print publication date: 1973

Print ISBN-13: 9780198245018

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245018.001.0001

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The Truth and Importance of its Fallibilist Consequence

The Truth and Importance of its Fallibilist Consequence

(p.90) 7 The Truth and Importance of its Fallibilist Consequence
Probability and Hume's Inductive Scepticism


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This chapter provides a discussion on the truth and the importance of the fallibilist consequence of Hume's argument for inductive scepticism. It starts by addressing the independence of inductive scepticism and inductive fallibilism. It also explains the currency and importance of inductive fallibilism. It seems at present as though inductive fallibilism has been absorbed into the thought of educated men for good. If this really is so, then there is indeed one sense in which inductive fallibilism has become, or is becoming, trivial: the sense in which any very general, simple, logico-philosophical truth, once perceived as true by all educated men, is trivial. Inductive fallibilism is needed as a standing reminder that even if predictive-inductive inferences are more conclusive than Hume's inductive scepticism says they are, still they are less conclusive.

Keywords:   fallibilist consequence, Hume's argument, inductive scepticism, inductive fallibilism, predictive-inductive inferences

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