What Is the Inductive Method?
To obtain the general from the particular. Broadly speaking one can call this an empirical method. Empirical thus means based on experience — or an initial, individual experience. This is a method that acts as a starting-point for investigations in the field of both natural and human sciences. The empiricist sets to work inductively (an empirical scientist as the user of the inductive method need not be an empiricist and thus a supporter of empiricism as the absolutization of experience). The inductive method takes its starting-point in the concrete, individual case, fact or event. However, it is scientifically inconceivable that anyone would confine himself to the individual, concrete case. Science dissociates itself from the concrete case and turns to the general, to arrive at what is generally and universally valid (e.g. from this child science proceeds to all children, children in general).