BELIEF IN CAUSATION: ONE APPLICATION OF CARNAP’S INDUCTIVE LOGIC

Academic Research International 3 (1) (2012)
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Abstract

This paper takes two tasks. The one is elaborating on the relationship of inductive logic with decision theory to which later Carnap planned to apply his system (§§1-7); this is a surveying side of this article. The other is revealing the property of our prediction of the future, subjectivity (§§8-11); this is its philosophical aspect. They are both discussed under the name of belief in causation. Belief in causation is a kind of “degree of belief” born about the causal effect of the action. As such, it admits of the analysis by inductive logic.

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Yusuke Kaneko
Meiji University

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