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Single Idea 3232

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 3. Best Explanation / a. Best explanation]

Full Idea

Abduction moves from some data to a 'best explanation'. It is not deduction because the data could be true but the conclusion false, and it is not induction because the conclusion may involve data not mentioned in the premises.

Gist of Idea

Abduction could have true data and a false conclusion, and may include data not originally mentioned


Georges Rey (Contemporary Philosophy of Mind [1997], p.322)

Book Reference

Rey,Georges: 'Contemporary Philosophy of Mind' [Blackwell 1997], p.322