Not by Luck Alone: The Importance of Chance-Seeking and Silent Knowledge in Abductive Cognition

  • Emanuele Bardone
Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 2)


In this paper I will focus on luck in abductive cognition and its relationship with chance-seeking and silent knowledge. By definition luck can be neither predicted nor planned, but I will try to show how it can be actively sought by seeking those chances maximizing abducibility, which will be described as the opportunity of being afforded by lucky events. I will root this ability of seeking chances in evolution, more precisely, in the ability – not entirely unique to our species - of creating powerful cognitive niches, whose construction and modification lead to humans to self-domestication and, in so doing, to introduction of a sense of purposefulness in evolution. Finally, I will introduce the notion of silent knowledge thatwill be defined as the form of knowledge that emerges along with chance-seeking activities.


Niche Construction Epistemic Luck Inheritance System Correct Hypothesis Cognitive Niche 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emanuele Bardone
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  1. 1.Institute of InformaticsTallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia
  2. 2.Department of Arts and Humanities, Philosophy Section and Computational Philosophy LaboratoryUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly

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