Defining Deduction, Induction, and Validity

  title={Defining Deduction, Induction, and Validity},
  author={Jan J. Wilbanks},
  • J. Wilbanks
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Philosophy
  • Argumentation
In this paper I focus on two contrasting concepts of deduction and induction that have appeared in introductory (formal) logic texts over the past 75 years or so. According to the one, deductive and inductive arguments are defined solely by reference to what arguers claim about the relation between the premises and the conclusions. According to the other, they are defined solely by reference to that relation itself. Arguing that these definitions have defects that are due to their simplicity, I… 
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