Idealization, Abduction, and Progressive Scientific Change

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Published 18-12-2009
Xavier de Donato-Rodríguez

Abstract

After a brief comparison of Aliseda's account with different approaches to abductive reasoning, I try to relate abduction, understood in terms like those of Aliseda, to another concept which also occupies a very important role in scientific change: idealization. In particular, I try to reveal some interesting aspects related to notions like approximation and empirical progress.

How to Cite

de Donato-Rodríguez, X. (2009). Idealization, Abduction, and Progressive Scientific Change. THEORIA, 22(3), 331–338. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.454
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Keywords

abduction, non-monotonic reasoning, idealization, approximation, Kepler-Newton case, empirical progress, scientific change

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