Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 17:266-267 (1968)

The title reminds us that scientific enquiry is a predominantly heuristic enterprise, with its logical roots in probability theory. This suggests the possibility of taking the purely cognitive process, inductive inference, and handling it as a behavioural process of decision-making under risk of uncertainty i.e. as a process of deciding what to believe. It is certainly worth considering whether similar conditions of rationality are present in both practical deliberation and scientific inference, in both real action and academic belief. Such is an aim of this book. Its particular character is perhaps better presented as an endeavour to build a model which, in situations of inductive inference, will guide us to the best belief.
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