Whither Consequence?

John Woods


There are passages in Fallacies suggesting a skeptical attitude to the very idea of inductive arguments, hence to the existence of inductive fallacies. Although the passages are brief and few in number, it would appear that Hamblin’s resistance stems from doubts about the existence of relations of inductive consequence. This paper attempts to find a case in which such skepticism might plausibly be grounded. The case it proposes is highly conjectural, but important if true. Its greater importance lies in the threat it creates for the whole class of nonmonotonic logics.


Conditionality, consequence-drawing, consequence-having, deduction, defeasibility induction, inductive fallacies, nonmonotonicity, plausibility, probability

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22329/il.v31i4.3330

ISSN: 0824-2577