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Single Idea 6953

[catalogued under 14. Science / C. Induction / 4. Reason in Induction]

Full Idea

Deductive logic is concerned with deductive implication, not deductive reasoning; all reasoning is inductive

Gist of Idea

All reasoning is inductive, and deduction only concerns implication


Gilbert Harman (Rationality [1995], 1.4.5)

Book Reference

Harman,Gilbert: 'Reasoning Meaning and Mind' [OUP 1999], p.32

A Reaction

This may be an attempt to stipulate how the word 'reasoning' should be used in future. It is, though, a bold and interesting claim, given the reputation of induction (since Hume) of being a totally irrational process.