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Lectures on Inductive Logic

Jon Williamson


Inductive logic (also known as confirmation theory) seeks to determine the extent to which the premisses of an argument entail its conclusion. This book offers an introduction to the field of inductive logic and develops a new Bayesian inductive logic. Chapter 1 introduces perhaps the simplest and most natural account of inductive logic, classical inductive logic, which is attributable to Ludwig Wittgenstein. Classical inductive logic is seen to fail in a crucial way, so there is a need to develop more sophisticated inductive logics. Chapter 2 presents enough logic and probability theory for t ... More

Keywords: inductive logic, confirmation theory, Bayesian inductive logic, Bayesian epistemology, objective Bayesianism, uncertain reasoning, Rudolf Carnap, W.E. Johnson, Ludwig Wittgenstein

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199666478
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666478.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Williamson, author
Professor of Reasoning, Inference and Scientific Method, University of Kent