Review - The Principles of Science

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The Principles of Science (first published in 1873) is one of the classical expositions of the traditional belief in two distinct but parallel kinds of inference-theory, deductive and inductive logic. The book shows a considerable advance on J. S. Mill's theories of scientific reasoning, but is by no means as modern in tone as the introduction by Ernest Nagel would suggest; for even though Jevons had a much closer acquaintance with actual
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Unformatted text preview: scientific procedures than Mill did, he only partially grasped the importance of models and grossly over-estimated the possibilities of the application of probability to the problems of induction. This is not a book for students for it is very long and its curiously evangelical style makes it difficult to read. However it should not be overlooked by those interested in the history of logic or the development of the philosophy of science....
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