Unformatted text preview: What reasoning justifies the inference? The reasoning is not a priori or about the relation of ideas. Is there a way of reasoning inductively that justifies the inference? Try this: In the more distant past, I predicted that things will continue to behave as they have so far. In the less distant past this prediction turned out to be true. Therefore, in what was once the future things continued to behave as they had in the past. Therefore, in the actual future things will continue do so. Does this reasoning give a good answer to the main question? This is what Hume says: “All our experimental conclusions proceed on the supposition that the future will conformable to the past. To endeavor …the proof of the last supposition by probable argument… must be evidently going in a circle.” (226)...
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 100 taught by Professor Stecker during the Spring '11 term at Central Mich..
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