# On the circularity of induction

## What is Hume’s riddle of induction?

Hume asks on what grounds we come to our beliefs about the unobserved on the basis of inductive inferences. He presents an argument in the form of a dilemma which appears to rule out the possibility of any reasoning from the premises to the conclusion of an inductive inference.

## What does induction mean in philosophy?

Induction or inductive reasoning, sometimes called inductive logic, is the process of reasoning in which the premises of an argument support the conclusion, but do not ensure it.

## Is inductive reasoning circular?

Inductive reasoning then, need neither be circular, nor merely tautological. It is in fact a spiral, a set of instances in which the proposition “the sun rose today” is true, not once, but many times.

## What is Hume’s solution to the problem of induction?

At this point, Hume adopts a “skeptical solution” to the problem: the strategy here is to translate statements about matters the skeptic claims we can’t have any knowledge about into statements about things our knowledge of which is not thrown into question.

## What is the paradox of induction?

The paradox of induction is the problem that in all scientific reasoning we form conclusions, called laws, that are of a general nature; however, the evidence we have for those laws is based upon particular experiences.

## What is induction argument?

An inductive argument is the use of collected instances of evidence of something specific to support a general conclusion. Inductive reasoning is used to show the likelihood that an argument will prove true in the future.

## Which of the following best summarizes Hume’s problem of induction?

Which of the following best summarizes ONE of Hume’s arguments regarding the Principle of Induction? We cannot be certain that laws of nature will continue to be laws always and everywhere, because we have not experienced all things always and everywhere.

## What is the conclusion of David Hume’s problem of induction quizlet?

Deduction: truth-preserving if the premises are true, then the conclusion is. So Socrates is mortal.

## What reason does Hume give for why we are never justified in using induction quizlet?

– hume’s skeptical solution: recognizing that we have no rational grounds to think the future will resemble the past in any respect, he recognizes that we just cannot help making inductive inferences.

## Why does David Hume have doubts about the accuracy of reason quizlet?

Hume doubts this extreme form, because a) how can we have a first principle if we truly are doubting everything. b) Also even if there was a first principle, then we wouldn’t be able to move past it because we’d need to use our reasoning ability and we have to be doubting that too if we’re doubting everything.

## What is the basic problem of induction quizlet?

the drawing of a conclusion (an ‘inductive inference’) about unobserved cases based on what has been observed. Conclusions about the future based on the past.

## How does Kant solve the problem of induction?

In short, Kant’s answer is that ‘causality’ isn’t, contra Hume, merely constant perceived conjunction. If this is the case, then the problem of induction applies and it is not possible to infer that there is a necessary connection between a cause and its effect.

## What is the overall problem of induction?

According to Popper, the problem of induction as usually conceived is asking the wrong question: it is asking how to justify theories given they cannot be justified by induction. Popper argued that justification is not needed at all, and seeking justification “begs for an authoritarian answer”.