At the heart of the problem of induction is the question of how we can get from particular things to universals. Why not just deny the problem exists? We don’t go from particulars to universals, but we see both simultaneously, the first more distinctly than the second. Even if we only see one thing of a kind, we can still relate to it as able to be studied, such that we kow that by understanding this one we will understand all of the same kind. There is often the risk of identifying particular traits with common ones, and this problem can be more or less, but even to recognize it as a problem requires some grasp of the universal. To my mind, experience teaches that there are some things (like numbers, human beings, more general considerations of things) which are easier to get to the universal with than other things. Other things do not allow us to form a clear universal, so we need to make one up for the moment (not arbitrarily, though) and we keep in mind that the universal we form is always falsifiable (these are properly scientific things.)
Is there a problem of induction?
April 23, 2009 at 2:43 pm (Uncategorized)