How to Solve Hume’s Problem of InductionEpisteme (2018)
This paper explains what’s wrong with a Hume-inspired argument for skepticism about induction. Hume’s argument takes as a premise that inductive reasoning presupposes that the future will resemble the past. I explain why that claim is not plausible. The most plausible premise in the vicinity is that inductive reasoning from E to H presupposes that if E then H. I formulate and then refute a skeptical argument based on that premise. Central to my response is a psychological explanation for how people judge that if E then H without realizing that they thereby settled the matter rationally.
Publication DateFebruary, 2018
Citation InformationAlexander Jackson. "How to Solve Hume’s Problem of Induction" Episteme (2018)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alexander_jackson/19/