High confirmation and inductive validity

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Does a high degree of confirmation make an inductive argument valid? I will argue that it depends on the kind of question to which the argument is meant to be providing an answer. We should distinguish inductive generalization from inductive extrapolation even in cases where they might appear to have the same answer, and also from confirmation of a hypothesis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-142
Number of pages23
JournalStudies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Probability
  • Inductive generalization
  • Inductive validity
  • Confirmation


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