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Diagrammatically Explaining Peircean Abduction

  • Flavio Zelazek
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8578)


By using Euler diagrams, early Peircean abduction is explained as an inference based on the shrinkage of a class of properties; this renders it dual to inductive inference, which is based on the enlargement of a class of subjects. In fact, at a very general level these inferences can be interpreted as (category-theoretic) dual constructions, by representing them as commutative diagrams.


abduction induction duality Euler diagrams commutative diagrams category theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Flavio Zelazek
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophySapienza University of RomeItaly

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