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Reblogged:William Whewell's "Discoverer's Induction" (Part 1)

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This series will summarize the major elements of William Whewell’s (1792–1866) theory of inductive reasoning, which he termed “Discoverer’s Induction.” Whewell (pronounced “Who-ell”) was a 19-century philosopher of science and a polymath, who believed that the true purpose of science was to form the clearest and most beneficial concepts that we possibly could manage.

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(Before Whewell, scientists were called natural philosophers or “men of science,” as women were not permitted to pursue scientific fields in those times.)

As one who considers philosophy a science, this distinction has served more as a rift than an honorary neologism. The sexism sheds light on the use of 'man' in a gender sense than the broader species sense. Given the title "Of Human Understanding" about one hundred years earlier, it may stand to reason.

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