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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2007, Vol. 2 Issue (1) : 131-139
Queries on Hempel's solution to the paradoxes of confirmation
DUN Xinguo
Department of Philosophy, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China;
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Abstract To solve the highly counterintuitive paradox of confirmation represented by the statement, A pair of red shoes confirms that all ravens are black,  Hempel employed a strategy that retained the equivalence condition but abandoned Nicod s irrelevance condition. However, his use of the equivalence condition is fairly ad hoc, raising doubts about its applicability to this problem. Furthermore, applying the irrelevance condition from Nicod s criterion does not necessarily lead to paradoxes, nor does discarding it prevent the emergence of paradoxes. Hempel s approach fails to adequately resolve the paradox.
Issue Date: 05 March 2007
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DUN Xinguo. Queries on Hempel's solution to the paradoxes of confirmation[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2007, 2(1): 131-139.
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