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Choice and Chance: An Introduction to Inductive Logic

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  3 reviews
This definitive survey of the hottest issues in inductive logic sets the stage for further classroom discussion.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Cengage Learning (first published January 1st 1966)
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Brian Powell
I think 3.5 stars is really a more appropriate rating, especially since I found the first 3 and a half chapters (out of 7) to be the real guts of this text. Skyrms does a nice job characterizing the problem of induction, and he provides good examples to establish its practical relevance. In short, a deductive justification of scientific induction is not appropriate since the whole point of inductive inference is to be ampliative -- for the conclusion to yield information not contained in the pre ...more
Good introductory text
So I'm bad at logic, but for my Philosophy of Science course we had to read several sections from this logic book. (Makes sense, since induction is used in science.)

Uhm. The exercises sometimes helped, but other times Skyrms' writing, though put in layman terms, was still confusing. Looking ahead in the syllabus, it seems we're done with this book for this semester, so...good riddance!

(I'm so glad I'm not required to take the full logic course. I would die otherwise.)
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