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Choice and Chance: An Introduction to Inductive Logic

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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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Good introductory text
Brian Powell
"Choice and Chance" is a light but provocative introduction to the problem of induction. First, we’re not talking deduction here, as Skyrms emphasizes: “An argument is deductively valid if and only its conclusion is false when its premises are true; an argument is inductively strong if and only if it is improbable that its conclusion is false when its premises are true.” These definitions emphasize that induction is not the opposite of deduction (as is too often falsely alleged), but instead ind ...more
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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