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W. C. Salmon, "The Problem of Induction"

  1. According to Salmon, what is the basic question that Hume was trying to answer?
      a. How can we rule out skeptical hypotheses?
      b. How do we acquire knowledge of the unobserved?
      c. How does our knowledge relate to the external world?
      d. How does habit inform our expectations for what the future will be like?
  2. Why doesn’t Salmon think that establishing the principle of the uniformity of nature would serve as a justification for induction?
      a. Because the principle cannot be established
      b. Because induction does not rely on the principle
      c. Because the principle doesn’t say that the future is exactly like the past
      d. Because we can’t help presupposing that the future will turn out like the past
  3. Why doesn’t Salmon think that the problem of induction should cause us to give up doing science altogether?
      a. Because the foundations of a subject are usually established after the subject itself.
      b. Because the scientific method doesn’t rely on inductive reasoning.
      c. Because however the problem of induction is resolved, most ordinary science will be remain unaffected.
      d. Because we have to take some things on faith, and science is just one of those things.
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