Abductive Reasoning: Challenges Ahead

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THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, ISSN: 2171-679X, Vol: 22, Issue: 3, Page: 261-270

Publication Year:
2007
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10412
DOI:
10.1387/theoria.446
Author(s):
Aliseda, Atocha
Publisher(s):
Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del PaĆ­s Vasco
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The motivation behind the collection of papers presented in this THEORIA forum on Abductive reasoning is my book Abductive Reasoning: Logical Investigations into the Processes of Discovery and Explanation. These contributions raise fundamental questions. One of them concerns the conjectural character of abduction. The choice of a logical framework for abduction is also discussed in detail, both its inferential aspect and search strategies. Abduction is also analyzed as inference to the best explanation, as well as a process of epistemic change, both of which chal-lenge the argument-like format of abduction. Finally, the psychological question of whether humans reason abduc-tively according to the models proposed is also addressed. I offer a brief summary of my book and then comment on and respond to several challenges that were posed to my work by the contributors to this issue.