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Organon F

2020, Pages 1–10

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

Falsificationism and the Pragmatic Problem of Induction

Danny Frederick

DOI (to be assigned)


I explain how Karl Popper resolved the problem of induction but not the pragmatic problem of induction. I show that Popper's proposed solution to the pragmatic problem of induction is inconsistent with his solution to the problem of induction. I explain how Popper’s falsificationist epistemology can solve the pragmatic problem of induction in the same negative way that it solves the problem of induction.


Conjecture; falsification; induction; Karl Popper; pragmatic problem of induction; rational action.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Danny Frederick



13 Sandhurst Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2LG, United Kingdom



About this article


1 October 2019


4 August 2020

Published online

17 October 2020


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

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Frederick, D. (2020). Falsificationism and the Pragmatic Problem of Induction. Organon F, 1–10. https://www.organonf.com/journal/frederick

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