PHI 103 Week 3 Discussion 2 - Inductive Reasoning
Reflect: Find an inductive argument that occurs in some online source (make sure to cite the source) or think of one that you have heard used in your life.
Consider its strength and how it might be strengthened or weakened in light of further information.
Write: Present an example of inductive reasoning. Comment on the strength of the inference. State a premise that could be added that, if true, would strengthen the inference. Now list another premise that could be added that would weaken it again. Now add another premise that could be added to strengthen it yet again. Continue this process even more times if you are enjoying the process and find it interesting.
Guided Response: Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates’ posts. What did you learn about inductive inference and about this specific argument by seeing how it is possible to strengthen or weaken it with further information? Can you think of other ways that the argument could be strengthened or weakened? What does this tell you about drawing conclusions in real life?