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No Answer to Hume

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Abstract:

In a recent article in this journal, Daniel Steel charges me with committing a fallacy in my discussion of inductive rules. I show that the charge is false, and that Steel's own attempt to validate enumerative induction in terms of formal learning theory is itself fallacious. I go on to argue that, contra Steel, formal learning theory is in principle incapable of answering Hume's famous claim that any attempt to justify induction will beg the question.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02698595.2011.605249

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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