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Inductive inference and its natural ground : an essay in naturalistic epistemology

Author: Hilary Kornblith
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents an account of inductive inference that address both its metaphysical and epistemological aspects. Kornblith argues that inductive knowledge is possible by virtue of the fit between our  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hilary Kornblith
ISBN: 0262111756 9780262111751
OCLC Number: 26973678
Notes: "A Bradford book."
Description: x, 123 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. The Naturalistic Project in Epistemology --
1.1. Epistemology as a Part of Natural Science --
1.2. The Importance of Natural Kinds --
1.3. Our Psychological Constitution --
pt. I. What Is the World That We May Know It? --
Ch. 2. Locke and Natural Kinds --
2.1. What Is the Issue? --
2.2. Three Views --
2.3. Two Arguments for Conventionalism --
2.4. Two Kinds of Conventionalism? --
2.5. The Official View --
2.6. Two Kinds of Skepticism about Real Essence --
2.7. Knowledge of Real Essence --
Ch. 3. Real Kinds in Nature --
3.1. Boyd's Account of Natural Kinds: Homeostatic Property Clusters --
3.2. All Their Properties in Common? --
3.3. Merely Postponing the Problem? --
3.4. Conventionalism Again --
3.5. Kinds in the Special Sciences --
3.6. And Not Token Identical Either --
pt. II. What Are We That We May Know the World? --
Ch. 4. Concepts and Kinds --
4.1. Superficial Similarities --
4.2. Same Appearance versus Same Kind --
4.3. Outsides and Insides: Where the Essences Are --
4.4. Psychological Essentialism and Its Innateness: Preliminary Considerations --
4.5. Innate Constraints on Syntax and Innate Constraints on Concepts --
4.6. Directions for Future Research --
Ch. 5. Our Native Inferential Tendencies --
5.1. Inferential Error and Perceptual Error --
5.2. The Law of Small Numbers --
5.3. Predictions Based on the Law of Small Numbers --
5.4. The Standards of Statistical Inference --
5.5. Small Numbers and Natural Kinds: what Needs to Be Shown --
5.6. Detection of Covariation: The Bad News --
5.7. Detection of Covariation: The Good News --
5.8. Projecting the Right Features of Natural Kinds.
Responsibility: Hilary Kornblith.

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