PhilSci Archive

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

454-637-1-PB-1.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (248kB)


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.

Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Published Article or Volume
De Donato-Rodríguez,
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: abduction, non-monotonic reasoning, idealization, approximation, Kepler-Newton case, empirical progress, scientific change
Depositing User: Users 15304 not found.
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:
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.454
Date: 2007
Page Range: pp. 331-338
Volume: 22
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item