What is Abduction? The Fundamental Problem of Contemporary Epistemology

  • Jaakko Hintikka
Part of the Jaakko Hintikka Selected Papers book series (HISP, volume 5)


It is sometimes said that the highest philosophical gift is to invent important new philosophical problems. If so, Peirce is a major star on the firmament of philosophy. By thrusting the notion of abduction to the forefront of philosophers’ consciousness he created a problem which — I will argue — is the central one in contemporary epistemology.


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  • Jaakko Hintikka
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  1. 1.Boston UniversityUSA

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