[lit-ideas] Kneale and Grice on Induction

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  • Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:16:44 -0400 (EDT)

For the record,
 
Kneale: English logician, born in Liverpool, Fellow of Exeter College,  
Oxford and Professor of Moral Philosophy at University of Oxford. 
 
Kneale is best known for the scholarly knowledge and clear exposition of  
the history of logic that he produced with his wife. 
 
Although Aristotle and Frege are the most important figures in this  
history, the work drew attention to other important developments in Greek,  
medieval, and modern logic. 
 
Kneale's examination of probability and induction develops his own  
theories, especially that laws of nature are modal propositions about natural  
necessities. His main work is possibly (probably?) Probability and  Induction 
(1949).
 
Grice discusses Kneale (whom he met at Corpus Christi) in "Prejudices and  
predilections, which become the life and opinions of Paul Grice", by Paul  
Grice.
 
Grice was fascinated by the complexities of inductive reasoning that Kneale 
 was able to formulate -- "quite clearly, even if sometimes motivating us 
to  double check what his 'secondary' induction amounted to!". 
 
Cheers,
 
Speranza
 
Refs:
 
Grice, "Aspects of reason" -- John Locke lectures -- on reasoning and  
inductive reasoning. 

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