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Abduction of generalizations

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Abduction of generalizations is the process in which explanatory hypotheses are formed for generalizations such as "pineapples taste sweet" or "rainbows appear when the sun breaks through the rain". This phenomenon has received little attention in formal logic and philosophy of science. The current paper remedies this lacuna by first giving an overview of some general characteristics of this process, elaborating on its ubiquity in scientific and everyday reasoning Second, the adaptive logic LA v is presented to explicate this process formally.
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abduction, hypothesis formation, patterns of abduction, adaptive logics

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Gauderis, Tjerk, and Frederik Van De Putte. 2012. “Abduction of Generalizations.” Theoria-revista De Teoria Historia Y Fundamentos De La Ciencia 27 (3): 345–364.
APA
Gauderis, T., & Van De Putte, F. (2012). Abduction of generalizations. THEORIA-REVISTA DE TEORIA HISTORIA Y FUNDAMENTOS DE LA CIENCIA, 27(3), 345–364.
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Gauderis T, Van De Putte F. Abduction of generalizations. THEORIA-REVISTA DE TEORIA HISTORIA Y FUNDAMENTOS DE LA CIENCIA. 2012;27(3):345–64.
MLA
Gauderis, Tjerk, and Frederik Van De Putte. “Abduction of Generalizations.” THEORIA-REVISTA DE TEORIA HISTORIA Y FUNDAMENTOS DE LA CIENCIA 27.3 (2012): 345–364. Print.
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  author       = {Gauderis, Tjerk and Van De Putte, Frederik},
  issn         = {0495-4548},
  journal      = {THEORIA-REVISTA DE TEORIA HISTORIA Y FUNDAMENTOS DE LA CIENCIA},
  keyword      = {abduction,hypothesis formation,patterns of abduction,adaptive logics},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {345--364},
  title        = {Abduction of generalizations},
  volume       = {27},
  year         = {2012},
}

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