A Treatise On The Methods Of Observation And Reasoning In Politics (volume 2)

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byGeorge Cornewall Lewis

not yet rated|write a review
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852. Excerpt: ... similar signs, indicating or contra-indicating longevity. f) Now, if these were really signs of long and short life respectively, they must be connected with it, either as cause or effect, or as inseparable concomitants. But although cases may easily be found in which persons of fair complexion are short-lived, and persons of dark complexion are long-lived, yet the physiologist would not generalize those instances, without first instituting a wide observation of facts; and when that observation had been made, it would probably appear that the colour of the complexion was wholly unconnected with longevity. It would be useless to repeat any of the numerous instances of hasty generalizations in physics which have been collected by Dr. Whewell, and other writers on inductive reasoning in the physical sciences. The belief that the moon influences the weather, because it influences the tides, may serve to exemplify the class of inductive errors to which we allude. In politics, the inductive argument by which the efficacy of a cause in one instance is extended to other instances, is sometimes nearly as simple as in those physical sciences, where one instance serves as a perfect specimen of the entire class.--In general, however, this extension cannot be made without much preliminary inquiry, and many restrictions and qualifications. 'One man is not as exactly similar to another man, one race of men is not as exactly similar to another race of men, one political community is not as exactly similar to another political community, as one piece of platinum is to another piece of platinum, or as one vial of oxygen is to another vial of oxygen. Hence, when, in politics, a principle of causation is extended by an inductive argument from a single case, or a few cases, t...

Pricing and Purchase Info

$38.50

Out of stock online

From the Publisher

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852. Excerpt: ... similar signs, indicating or contra-indicating longevity. f) Now, if these were really signs of long and short life respective...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:188 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.4 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217434657

ISBN - 13:9780217434652

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of A Treatise On The Methods Of Observation And Reasoning In Politics (volume 2)

Reviews