The Inductive Support of Inductive Rules: Themes from Max Black

Dialectica 44 (1‐2):23-41 (1990)
Overall, Max Black's defense of the inductive support of inductive rules succeeds. Circularity is best explained in terms of epistemic conditions of inference. When an inference is circular, another inference token of the same type may, because of a difference of surrounding circumstances, not be circular. Black's inductive arguments in support of inductive rules fit this pattern: a token circular in some circumstances may be noncircular in other circumstances.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1746-8361.1990.tb01649.x
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Max Black (1962). Models and Metaphors. Ithaca, N.Y.,Cornell University Press.

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