Abduction, Deduction, Induction, Analogy, Inquiry : 9

Re: Beyond ExperimentScott Church

Let me just say again that abduction is not “inference to the best explanation”.  That gloss derives from a later attempt to rationalize Peirce’s idea and it has led to a whole literature of misconception.  Abduction is more like “inference to any explanation” — or maybe adapting Kant’s phrase, “conceiving a concept that reduces a manifold to a unity”.  The most difficult part of its labor is delivering a term, very often new or unnoticed, that can serve as a middle term in grasping the structure of an object domain.

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One Response to Abduction, Deduction, Induction, Analogy, Inquiry : 9

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