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 perhaps 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, able to serve as a middle term in grasping the structure of an object domain.
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