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Abduction of generalizations

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Gauderis, Tjerk ; van de Putte, Frederik:
Abduction of generalizations.
In: Theoria. Vol. 27 (2012) Issue 3 . - pp. 345-364.
ISSN 0495-4548
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.4059

Abstract in another language

Abduction of generalizations is the process in which explanatory hypotheses are formed for an observed, yet puzzling generalization 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 daily life reasoning. Second, the adaptive logic $\LAG$ is presented to explicate this process formally.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Philosophy
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Philosophy > Lehrstuhl Philosophie I
Faculties
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 100 Philosophy and psychology
100 Philosophy and psychology > 100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy and psychology > 160 Logic
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2018 07:30
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2018 07:30
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/46386