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Abductive Reasoning: Challenges Ahead

Aliseda, Atocha (2007) Abductive Reasoning: Challenges Ahead. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 22 (3). pp. 261-270. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

The motivation behind the collection of papers presented in this THEORIA forum on Abductive reasoning is my book Abductive Reasoning: Logical Investigations into the Processes of Discovery and Explanation. These contributions raise fundamental questions. One of them concerns the conjectural character of abduction. The choice of a logical framework for abduction is also discussed in detail, both its inferential aspect and search strategies. Abduction is also analyzed as inference to the best explanation, as well as a process of epistemic change, both of which chal-lenge the argument-like format of abduction. Finally, the psychological question of whether humans reason abduc-tively according to the models proposed is also addressed. I offer a brief summary of my book and then comment on and respond to several challenges that were posed to my work by the contributors to this issue.


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Aliseda, Atochaatocha@filosoficas.unam.mx
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: abduction, abductive inference, discovery, heuristics
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Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 16:54
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 21:40
Item ID: 10412
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.es/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/vi...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.446
Date: 2007
Page Range: pp. 261-270
Volume: 22
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10412

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