Thomas Reid on Induction and Natural Kinds

Journal of Scottish Philosophy 20 (1):1-18 (2022)
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Abstract

I examine the views of Thomas Reid with respect to a certain version of the problem of induction: Why are inductions using natural kinds successful, and what justifies them? I argue that while both Reid holds a kind of conventionalist view about natural kinds, this conventionalism has a realistic component which allows him to answer both questions.

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