Induction and the Justification of Belief
By (author) Colin Howson
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Hume's Problem by Colin Howson
Book DescriptionColin Howson offers a solution to one of the central, unsolved problems of Western philosophy, the problem of induction. In the mid-eighteenth century David Hume argued that successful prediction tells us nothing about the truth of the predicting theory. No matter how many experimental tests a hypothesis passes, nothing can be legitimately inferred about its truth or probable truth. But physical theory routinely predicts the values of observable magnitudes to many small places of decimals and within very small ranges of error. The chance of this sort of predictive success without a true theory seems so remote that the possibility should be dismissed. This suggests that Hume's argument must be wrong; but there is still no consensus on where exactly this flaw lies. Howson argues that there is no flaw, and examines the implications of this disturbing conclusion for relation between science and its empirical base.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198250388
(215mm x 137mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Colin Howson
Objecting to God, Hardback (July 2011)
Argues that evidence purported to support a belief in God suggests our recognition of moral standards has an evolutionary explanation.
Method and Appraisal in the Physical Sciences, Paperback (June 2009)
This is a volume of studies on the problems of theory-appraisal in the physical sciences.
Hume's Problem, Hardback (November 2000)
A solution to one of the central, unsolved problems of Western philosophy, the problem of induction. David Hume argued that successful prediction tells us nothing about the truth of the predicting theory. Howson claims that Hume's argument is correct, and examines what follows about the relation between science and its empirical base.
Logic with Trees, Paperback (February 1997)» View all books by Colin Howson
This introduction to modern formal logic also contains discussions on more philosophical issues, such as truth, conditionals and modal logic. Worked examples and exercises enable readers to check their progress.
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Author Biography - Colin Howson
Colin Howson is Professor of Philosophy at the London School of Economics.
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