abduction

by Andrea Elizabeth

Reading dictionaries may be fun after all. From the first page of the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy that my family got me for my birthday a few years ago:

Abduction: canons of reasoning for the discovery, as opposed to the justification, of scientific hypotheses or theories.

Reichenbach distinguished the context of justification and the context of discovery, arguing that philosophy legitimately is concerned only with the former, which concerns verification and confirmation, whereas the latter is a matter for psychology….

I like discovery and psychology better than justification.

Today few regard the search for rigorous formal logics of discovery as promising.

Keeping things informal is fine with me.

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