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Fact, Fiction, and Forecast

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Here, in a new edition, is Nelson Goodman's provocative philosophical classic--a book that, according to "Science," "raised a storm of controversy" when it was first published in 1954, and one that remains on the front lines of philosophical debate.

How is it that we feel confident in generalizing from experience in some ways but not in others? How are generalizations that
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 131 pages
Published March 7th 1983 by Harvard University Press (first published January 1st 1965)
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Jun 08, 2011 M rated it really liked it
"The New Riddle of Induction"
I am actually at a loss with rating this. Interesting question posed about inductive inferences, but terrible, terrible wording of the examples. Still do not understand the raven paradox, and the "grue" riddle could have been phrased much better. I mean, really?
Now let me introduce another predicate less familiar than “green”. It is the predicate “grue” and it applies to all things examined before t just in case they are green but to other things just in case they ar
Brian Powell
May 28, 2015 Brian Powell rated it really liked it
The is Nelson Goodman's famous work that introduced us to color-shifting gems and other puzzles of inductive inference. It's a short text, divided into 4 lectures. The first one is Goodman's well-known piece on the "Problem of Counterfactuals", essentially, on the problem of assigning truth values to conditional statements in logic. It is difficult, and lies somewhat outside the main avenue of inductive inference which is the reason I picked up the book. I admit to not following much of lecture ...more
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Due to this book's reputation and the fact that it is standard, contemporary reading material for philosophy students - I was expecting to be disappointed, that the book wouldn't live up to its prestige. I was wrong. Incredibly wrong. "Fact, Fiction, and Forecast" lives up to Hilary Putnam's description as a "contemporary classic."

Goodman reformulates the problem of induction using his conceptual ideas "grue" and "bleen." These ideas are time dependent and so require a date to keep in mind - let
Chris Lawrence
Oct 03, 2014 Chris Lawrence rated it really liked it
Tough going, particularly the last section. I found myself needing a lot more working memory than my brain had to play with. But thought-provoking and surprisingly profound.
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Henry Nelson Goodman was an American philosopher, known for his work on counterfactuals, mereology, the problem of induction, irrealism, and aesthetics.
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