<logic, philosophy of science> patterns of inductive inference elaborated by John Stuart Mill for the purpose of understanding the grounds upon which it is appropriate to make judgments about causal relationships. The five methods include: the Method of Agreement, the Method of Difference, the Joint Method of Agreement and Difference, the Method of Residues, and the Method of Concomitant Variation. Recommended Reading: John Stuart Mill, System of Logic (Classworks, 1986).
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