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PHIL2682: Inductive Logic

2023 unit information

Many of the arguments that one encounters in scientific practice and everyday discourse are not deductively valid; the truth of the arguments' premises does not guarantee that the arguments' conclusions are true. Still, it seems that at least some of these arguments have premises that support their conclusions. But what exactly do we mean by "support"? Can we make sense of it using probability? Inductive logic addresses these questions and investigates how the answers bear on the foundations of scientific reasoning.

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Code PHIL2682
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Philosophy

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Use inductive logic to evaluate arguments that are invalid in classical deductive logic
  • LO2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic probability theory and its applications to inductive reasoning
  • LO3. Demonstrate an understanding of the traditional philosophical problem of induction and various responses to it
  • LO4. Apply inductive logic to philosophical questions about the scientific method
  • LO5. Understand the differences between classical deductive logic and inductive logic

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Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Remote
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