Queries on Hempel's solution to the paradoxes of confirmation

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 2 (1):131-139 (2007)
To solve the highly counterintuitive paradox of confirmation represented by the statement, “A pair of red shoes confirms that all ravens are black,” Hempel employed a strategy that retained the equivalence condition but abandoned Nicod’s irrelevance condition. However, his use of the equivalence condition is fairly ad hoc, raising doubts about its applicability to this problem. Furthermore, applying the irrelevance condition from Nicod’s criterion does not necessarily lead to paradoxes, nor does discarding it prevent the emergence of paradoxes. Hempel’s approach fails to adequately resolve the paradox.
Keywords paradoxes of confirmation  Nicod’s criterion  equivalence condition  Hempel
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DOI 10.1007/s11466-007-0008-0
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Jean Nicod (1930). The Foundations of Geometry and Induction. Journal of Philosophical Studies 5 (19):455-460.
P. R. Wilson (1964). On the Confirmation Paradox. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 15 (59):196-199.

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