Essay heading: Induction

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The paradox of confirmations relies on the logical equivalence of the statement “All A’s are B’s” and the statement “All ~B’s are ~A’s”. (Where ‘A’ and ‘B’ are general terms.) The logic is irrefutable and to attempt to contest it would be futile. What can be done is to accept that this is a potential flaw and, as broad inductivists, ensure that when testing a hypothesis, the confirmations are in the form of the former logical statement, and not the latter...
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What can be done is to accept that this is a potential flaw and, as broad inductivists, ensure that when testing a hypothesis, the confirmations are in the form of the former logical statement, and not the latter. By doing this, the logic is being interpreted so that the method ‘makes sense’. This interpretation of logic (i...
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