Single Idea 17685

[catalogued under 14. Science / C. Induction / 3. Limits of Induction]

Full Idea

Many philosophers of science have distinguished between 'simple induction' - the argument from observed Fs to all Fs - and the argument to hidden or theoretical entities (Peirce's 'abduction').

Gist of Idea

Induction aims at 'all Fs', but abduction aims at hidden or theoretical entities


David M. Armstrong (What is a Law of Nature? [1983], 06.7)

Book Reference

Armstrong,D.M.: 'What is a Law of Nature?' [CUP 1985], p.104

A Reaction

'Abduction' is (roughly) the same is inference to the best explanation, of which I am a great fan.

Related Ideas

Idea 14791 Abduction involves original suggestions, and not just the testing involved in induction [Peirce]

Idea 14790 'Abduction' is beginning a hypothesis, particularly if it includes preference of one explanation over others [Peirce]