[SydPhil] Notification: Hanti Lin @ Wed 2 Aug 2017 13:00 - 14:30 (Seminars)

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Title: Hanti Lin
The Problem of Induction, Hume's Dilemma, and the Normative Turn

Hanti Lin (UC Davis)

The problem of induction is the general problem of justifying at least some  
kind of induction and, hopefully, justifying many of those that have been  
used in science. But is it possible to justify at least some? Hume's  
dilemma tries to answer in the negative. A simple version goes like  
this: "To justify a certain kind of induction, the (empirical) thesis that  
it will lead to a true conclusion has to be argued for, either  
demonstratively or inductively; the demonstrative route is impossible,  
while the inductive route is circular." In reply to this dilemma, I want to  
defend a general escape route that Reichenbach has briefly pointed out. The  
idea is that, to justify a certain kind of induction, we can argue for a  
non-empirical, normative thesis instead, a norm that guides some inductive  
practices. Call this the normative turn, which has been implemented  
consciously or unconsciously by some formal epistemologists, such as  
Bayesians, learning theorists, and Reichenbach himself. Unfortunately, they  
tend to set aside Hume's dilemma quickly and rush to develop their  
particular implementations of the normative turn. What I want to do for  
them is to slow down, consider possible ways Hume's dilemma might be  
thought to strike back, and address those worries by reference to the  
general features of the normative turn, without commitment to any  
particular implementation. Here is the lesson to be drawn: The problem of  
induction is difficult; Hume's dilemma represents a difficulty involved;  
the normative turn escapes Hume's dilemma and helps us identify the more  
important difficulties to be addressed.
When: Wed 2 Aug 2017 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, Sydney Uni
Calendar: Seminars
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