Peirce’s Abduction

Francesco Bellucci*, Ahti-Veikko Juhani Pietarinen

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This paper presents the essentials of Peirce’s original theory of abductive reasoning. It explains the differences between the first phase of Peirce’s thinking on abduction, in which the logical framework is largely syllogistic, and the mature phase, in which abduction becomes the first step in the three-step process of scientific inquiry. The problems of the validity of abductive reasoning and that of the methodology of abductive reasoning are also briefly discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Abductive Cognition
EditorsLorenzo Magnani
PublisherSpringer Cham
Number of pages14
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
  • Deduction
  • Induction
  • Methodology
  • Peirce


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