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Single Idea 16799

[catalogued under 14. Science / A. Basis of Science / 2. Demonstration]

Full Idea

Inductive inference is a matter of weighing evidence and judging probability, not of proof.

Gist of Idea

Inductive inference is not proof, but weighing evidence and probability


Peter Lipton (Inference to the Best Explanation (2nd) [2004], 01 'Underd')

Book Reference

Lipton,Peter: 'Inference to the Best Explanation (2nd ed)' [Routledge 2004], p.5

A Reaction

This sounds like a plausible fallibilist response to the optimistic view of Aristotle.