Ideas from 'Rationality' by Gilbert Harman [1995], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Reasoning Meaning and Mind' by Harman,Gilbert [OUP 1999,0-19-823802-9]].

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2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 1. On Reason
You can be rational with undetected or minor inconsistencies
2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 6. Coherence
A coherent conceptual scheme contains best explanations of most of your beliefs
14. Science / C. Induction / 1. Induction
Enumerative induction is inference to the best explanation
14. Science / C. Induction / 3. Limits of Induction
Induction is 'defeasible', since additional information can invalidate it
14. Science / C. Induction / 4. Reason in Induction
All reasoning is inductive, and deduction only concerns implication
18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 5. Rationality
Ordinary rationality is conservative, starting from where your beliefs currently are