Essays from my University of London BA Philosophy Studies

Methodology - [235P035]

  1. What is Goodman's New Riddle of Induction? How, if at all, can it be solved?
  2. What is a Law of Nature?
  3. What is the Best Response to the Paradox of the Ravens?
  4. What is the Best Interpretation of Probability?
  5. Is inference to the best explanation just a special case of more general forms of confirmation procedure?
  6. Is there any reason to suppose that the conclusion of an inference to the best explanation is likely to be true?   
  7. "Almost all scientific theories of the past have proven false. So almost all present-day theories are likely to be false too." Discuss.
  8. Does Goodman's paradox show that there are restrictions on the kinds of predicates that can occur in acceptable generalizations?
  9. What, if anything, explains the difference between a law of nature and an accidentally true generalization?
  10. 'Only if scientific realism is true can the success of science be anything other than a miracle.' Discuss.