Radio Q&A: Sunday, 12 August 2012, Question 2
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 12 August 2012, I answered a question on deductive reasoning.
What is the proper role of deductive reasoning? Is it proper, for example, to deduce the principles of intellectual property from the more general principles of individual rights? Or is that rationalism? More generally, when and how should a person use deduction as opposed to induction?
My Answer, In Brief: Deduction – the application of abstractions to particulars – is a major form of reasoning, yet rationality requires constant shuttling between abstractions and concretes, not formal deduction.
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