On 13 January, LSE Philosophy will host the launch of the first volume in the BSPS Open book series: The Material Theory of Induction, by John D. Norton.

The British Society for the Philosophy of Science and the CPNSS are pleased to invite you to the launch of the first volume in the BSPS Open book series.

All are welcome to join us for a lively presentation and debate about this new work, with John D. Norton, Helen Beebee, Molly Kao, Wendy Parker, and Richard Pettigrew, and chaired by Bryan W Roberts (LSE) and David Teira (Sorbonne), BSPS Open Editors in Chief.

About the Book

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The Material Theory of Induction (2021) by John D. Norton identifies the source of the enduring problems with inductive inference in science in an assumption usually taken at the outset: that inductive inference can be accommodated by a single formal account with universal applicability. Instead, it argues that there is no single, universally applicable formal account. Rather, each domain has an inductive logic native to it. The content of that logic and where it can be applied are determined by the facts prevailing in that domain.

This book is published open access through the new BSPS Open book series, the new outlet for cutting edge philosophy of science monographs that publishes Open Access at no cost to authors or readers. Watch a video about BSPS Open or read more here.



Thursday, 13 January 2022 via Zoom

Times are in British (GMT) time.

17:00–17:10 Helen Beebee (Leeds, BSPS Open editorial chair) and Brian Scrivener (University of Calgary Press), Opening Announcement
17:10–17:20 John D. Norton (Pittsburgh), “How The material theory of induction came to be”
17:20–18:00 Debate and Questions with Molly Kao (Montreal), Wendy Parker (Virginia Tech) and Richard Pettigrew (Bristol).



Zoom Link

This event will take place online via Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join using a computer with access to the internet and Zoom. To take part just follow these instructions:

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