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Abduction in Context

The Conjectural Dynamics of Scientific Reasoning

Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Woosuk Park
    Pages 1-8
  3. Woosuk Park
    Pages 9-39
  4. Woosuk Park
    Pages 41-66
  5. Woosuk Park
    Pages 99-117
  6. Woosuk Park
    Pages 155-167
  7. Woosuk Park
    Pages 169-181
  8. Woosuk Park
    Pages 209-224
  9. Woosuk Park
    Pages 261-263

About this book


This book offers a novel perspective on abduction. It starts by discussing the major theories of abduction, focusing on the hybrid nature of abduction as both inference and intuition. It reports on the Peircean theory of abduction and discusses the more recent Magnani concept of animal abduction, connecting them to the work of medieval philosophers. Building on Magnani's manipulative abduction, the accompanying classification of abduction, and the hybrid concept of abduction as both inference and intuition, the book examines the problem of visual perception together with the related concepts of misrepresentation and semantic information. It presents the author's views on caricature and the caricature model of science, and then extends the scope of discussion by introducing some standard issues in the philosophy of science. By discussing the concept of ad hoc hypothesis generation as enthymeme resolution, it demonstrates how ubiquitous the problem of abduction is in all the different individual scientific disciplines. This comprehensive text provides philosophers, logicians and cognitive scientists with a historical, unified and authoritative perspective on abduction.


Diagrammatic Reasoning Beast-machine Controversy Logic of Discovery Scientific Rationality Abduction vs Induction Abductive Reasoning Manipulative Abduction Magnani’s Views of Animal Abduction Pierce’s Views of Animal Abduction Abductive Instinct

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Humanities and Social SciencesKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)DaejeonKorea (Republic of)

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Abduction in Context
  • Book Subtitle The Conjectural Dynamics of Scientific Reasoning
  • Authors Woosuk Park
  • Series Title Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies Applied Philosophy, Epistemology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-48955-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84056-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-48956-8
  • Series ISSN 2192-6255
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-6263
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 263
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
    Cognitive Psychology
    Artificial Intelligence
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