Generalization and Hume's Problem of Induction: Misconceptions and Clarifications
In Generalizing Generalizability in Information Systems Research Lee and Baskerville (2003) attempt to clarify generalization and distinguish four types of generalization. Although this is a useful objective, what they call generalization is often not generalization at all in the proper sense of the word. We elucidate generalization by locating their major errors. A main source of these is their failure to understand the depth of Hume’s problem of induction. We give a thorough explication of the problem and then give a solution. Lastly, we propose an alternative taxonomy of generalization: theoretical, within-population, cross-population, contextual, and temporal.
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TSANG, Eric W. K. and Williams, John N., "Generalization and Hume's Problem of Induction: Misconceptions and Clarifications" (2007). Research Collection School of Social Sciences. Paper 184.
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