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What is Abduction? The Fundamental Problem of Contemporary Epistemology

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

Abstract

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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Good Explanation Definitory Rule Deductive Inference Abductive Inference Strategic Principle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaakko Hintikka
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  1. 1.Boston UniversityUSA

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