Imagination, Cognition, and Methods of Science in Peircean Abduction

Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen*, Francesco Bellucci

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter canvasses some of the most pertinent notions that Peirce allied to his conception of abduction: divination, trustworthiness, hope, investing and, economy, uberty, seduction, instinct, insight, and imagination. While such notions may suggest Peirce sliding into psychologism about logic, Peirce’s own texts show that we can give these concepts perfectly non-psychological, natural, and scientific glosses – namely those that integrate their logical, linguistic, cognitive, and semiotic meanings. Thus attempts to characterize abduction as the “heuristics” of the operation of one’s psychology or cognitive architecture would leave the issue of the full nature and reach of abduction wanting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Abductive Cognition
EditorsLorenzo Magnani
PublisherSpringer Cham
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783031101359
ISBN (Print)9783031101342
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Mathematics(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Abduction
  • Cognition
  • Economy
  • Hope
  • Imagination
  • Investigand
  • Peirce
  • Scientific method
  • Uberty


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