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TitleAbduction of generalizations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsGauderis, T, Van De Putte, F
JournalTheoria - revista de teoria historia y fundamentos de la ciencia
Volume27
Number3
Pagination345–364
ISSN0495-4548
Abstract

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 &\#8704; is presented to explicate this process formally

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