Induction from a Single Instance: Incomplete Frames

Rafal Urbaniak, Frederik Van De Putte

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In this paper we argue that an existing theory of concepts called dynamic frame theory, although not developed with that purpose in mind, allows for the precise formulation of a number of problems associated with induction from a single instance. A key role is played by the distinction we introduce between complete and incomplete dynamic frames, for incomplete frames seem to be very elegant candidates for the format of the background knowledge used in induction from a single instance. Furthermore, we show how dynamic frame theory provides the terminology to discuss the justification and the fallibility of incomplete frames. In the Appendix, we give a formal account of incomplete frames and the way these lead to induction from a single instance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-653
Number of pages13
JournalFoundations of Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


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