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The Pragmatic MaximEssays on Peirce and pragmatism$
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Christopher Hookway

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588381.001.0001

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Normative Logic and Psychology: Peirce’s Rejection of Psychologism

Normative Logic and Psychology: Peirce’s Rejection of Psychologism

(p.83) 5 Normative Logic and Psychology: Peirce’s Rejection of Psychologism
The Pragmatic Maxim

Christopher Hookway

Oxford University Press

Peirce often claimed that the conclusion of an abductive inference is often or usually in the interrogative mood. ‘Abduction’ is used by some scholars to refer to inference to the best explanation. Peirce’s usage treats inference to the best explanation as a complex process which involves induction and deduction as well as abduction. Abduction itself is a procedure for identifying hypotheses that are worthy of further investigation. Peirce often argues that the conclusion of an abductive inference is, thus, an interrogative, identifying the question that we should investigate. This chapter explains why Peirce held this view, putting it in the context of his views about the method of science. The chapter also explains how it is that, in some circumstances, abductive inferences lead to certain belief rather than just identifying hypotheses for further investigation

Keywords:   abduction, interrogatives, induction, inference to the best explanation, uncontrollable abductions, questions

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