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- adjective of or relating to or derived from axioms
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In discussing the Biblical cosmology we must return to our general position defended earlier in this chapter; the references of the writers of the Bible to natural things are popular, non-postulational, and in terms of the culture in which the writers wrote.
The cosmology of the Bible is not systematized and is not postulational.
“inductively” by way of direct appeals to observational backing, the constitutive posits of postulational theories holistically validated by way of indirect, explanatory appeals to observational backing, and purely formal claims expressing necessary conditions for the formulation of scientific hypotheses in general.
In particular, the epistemological contrast between two sorts of empirical generalizations ” those adopted on narrowly inductive grounds and those expressing constitutive principles of postulational theories adopted on broadly empirical, i.e., explanatory grounds ” enabled Sellars to distinguish among three different grades of “observational involvement”: observations and general claims individually validated