Abduction, Reason and Science Processes of Discovery and Explanation
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More than a hundred years ago, the great American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce coined the term `abduction' to refer to inference that involves the generation and evaluation of explanatory hypotheses. The study of abductive inference was slow to develop, as logicians concentrated on deductive logic and on inductive logic based on formal calculi, such as probability theory. In recent decades, however, there has been renewed interest in abductive inference, from two primary sources. Philosophers of science have recognized the importance of abduction in the discovery and evaluation of scientific theories, and researchers in artificial intelligence have realized that abduction is a key…
Copyright year: 2001
Publication date: 3/31/2001
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
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