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Humean Naturalism and the Problem of Induction

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Abstract:

Naturalised epistemology has shunned rationality, a hallmark of humanity since ancient Greece. One of Quine's explicit motivations is that Hume's problem of induction cannot be solved. However, Hume himself suggests a solution and the narrow focus of the paper is to present a ‘Humean Solution’ which is an elaboration and defence of Hume's suggestion. What emerges will be argued to be a naturalised conception of rationality which makes naturalised epistemology more continuous with traditional epistemology's focus on rationality.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9329.00115

Affiliations: University of Santa Barbara at California, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2000

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