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[catalogued under 14. Science / C. Induction / 3. Limits of Induction]

Full Idea

It is certain that the most ignorant and stupid peasants - nay infants, nay even brute beasts - improve by experience.


Examples to show that induction is not rational

Gist of Idea

Fools, children and animals all learn from experience


David Hume (Enquiry Conc Human Understanding [1748], IV.II.33)

Book Reference

Hume,David: 'Enquiries Conc. Human Understanding, Morals', ed/tr. Selby-Bigge/Nidditch [OUP 1975], p.39