A Combined Approach

A Combined Approach - A Combined Approach: Physiology and...

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A Combined Approach: Physiology and Behavior In setting out the argument from analogy I focused attention upon the physiological similarity of other organisms to oneself. In contrast, the inference to the best explanation, as formulated above, was concerned only with the behavior of other organisms. I think that it is clear that one can get an account that is much more satisfactory than either of the above two accounts if one takes into consideration both the physiological resemblance of other organisms to oneself and the behavior of those organisms. The resulting account might be classified either as a version of the argument from analogy - it is in fact essentially the version advanced by John Stuart Mill - or as a version of the inference to the best explanation. The argument, viewed as a version of the argument from analogy, can be expressed as follows: (1) By a combination of observation and introspection I can establish certain causal laws that hold in my own case. These laws are of two types: (i) Causal laws relating physiological states
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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