Abduction of Generalizations

Tjerk Gauderis, Frederik Van De Putte

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Abduction of generalizations is the process in which explanatory hypotheses are formed for generalizations such as "pineapples taste sweet" or "rainbows appear when the sun breaks through the rain". This phenomenon has received little attention in formal logic and philosophy of science. The current paper remedies this lacuna by first giving an overview of some general characteristics of this process, elaborating on its ubiquity in scientific and everyday reasoning Second, the adaptive logic LA v is presented to explicate this process formally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-363
Number of pages19
JournalTheoria (Spain)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012
Externally publishedYes


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