Abduction

[Revised entry by Igor Douven on April 28, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, peirce.html] In the philosophical literature, the term "abduction" is used in two related but different
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[Revised entry by Igor Douven on April 28, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, peirce.html] In the philosophical literature, the term "abduction" is used in two related but different senses. In both senses, the term refers to some form of explanatory reasoning. However, in the historically first sense, it refers to the place of explanatory reasoning in generating hypotheses, while in the sense in which it is used most frequently in the modern literature it refers to the place of explanatory reasoning in justifying hypotheses. In the latter sense, abduction is also often called "Inference...

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