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Idealization, Abduction, and Progressive Scientific Change

De Donato-Rodríguez, Xavier (2007) Idealization, Abduction, and Progressive Scientific Change. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 22 (3). pp. 331-338. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

After a brief comparison of Aliseda’s account with different approaches to abductive reasoning, I relate abduction, as studied by Aliseda, to idealization, a notion which also occupies a very important role in scientific change, as well as to different ways of dealing with the growth of scientific knowledge understood as a particular kind of non-monotonic process. A particularly interesting kind of abductive reasoning could be that of finding an appropriate concretization case for a theory, originally revealed as extraordinarily successful but later discovered to be strictly false or only approximately or ideally true. I try to show this with the example of the Kepler-Newton relation. At the end of the paper, I give criteria in order to construe abductive explanations in correspondence with a reasonable account of empirical progress.


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De Donato-Rodríguez, Xavierxavier_donato@yahoo.com
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: abduction, non-monotonic reasoning, idealization, approximation, Kepler-Newton case, empirical progress, scientific change
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Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2014 00:41
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 21:45
Item ID: 10420
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.454
Date: 2007
Page Range: pp. 331-338
Volume: 22
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10420

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