A Preferred Treatment of Mill's Methods: Some Misinterpretations by Modern Textbooks

Bram Van Heuveln

Abstract


A number of modern logic books give a misrepresentation of Mill's Methods as originally conceived by Mill. In this paper, I point out what I believe is a better presentation of Mill's Methods. This treatment is not only historically more accurate, but it also represents a better conceptual introduction to Mill's Methods in general.

Keywords


J. S. Mill, Mill's methods, inductive reasoning, method of agreement, method of difference, joint method of agreement and difference, textbook treatments

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22329/il.v20i1.2252

ISSN: 0824-2577