By Lorenzo Magnani
This quantity explores abductive cognition, an incredible yet, at the least until eventually the 3rd sector of the final century, overlooked subject in cognition. The e-book goals at expanding wisdom approximately inventive and specialist inferences. The research of those high-levelmethods of abductive reasoning is located on the crossroads of philosophy, common sense, epistemology, synthetic intelligence, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, animal cognition and evolutionary theories; that's, on the center of cognitive technological know-how. Philosophers of technology within the 20th century have typically distinct among the inferential approaches energetic within the good judgment of discovery and those lively within the common sense of justification. such a lot have concluded that no good judgment of inventive approaches exists and, additionally, rational version of discovery is very unlikely. in brief, medical artistic inferences are irrational and there's no “reasoning” to hypotheses. however, a little research within the quarter of man-made intelligence has proven that equipment for discovery may be chanced on which are computationally sufficient for rediscovering – or getting to know for the 1st time – empirical or theoretical legislation and theorems.
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The epistemological model of diagnostic reasoning. If during this first cycle new information emerges, hypotheses not previously considered can be suggested and a new cycle takes place. 3 What Is Abduction? 28 All recent logical accounts (“deductive”) concerning abduction have pointed out that it is a form of nonmonotonic reasoning. 29 As [Stephanou and Sage, 1987] pointed out, uncertainty and imperfect information are fundamental characteristics of the knowledge relative to hypothetical reasoning.
I have collected in a recent special issue of the Logic Journal of the IGPL [Magnani, 2006a] various contributions regarding research on abduction in the areas of epistemology, artificial intelligence, and of the logic of “so–called practical reasoning”. [Patokorpi, 2007] adopts and enriches my distinction between selective, creative, non-sentential and manipulative abduction and applies abduction to the pedagogical problem of analyzing how learners learn in an information society technology (IST): abduction highlights the main features of IST enhanced learning.
1, below). , 1993; Konolige, 1992; Josephson and Josephson, 1994; Levesque, 1989; O’Rorke, 1994; Poole, 1988; Reiter, 1987; Reiter and de Kleer, 1991; Shanahan, 1989]). 34 Deductive models of abduction may be characterized as follows. An explanation for β relative to background theory T will be any α that, together with T , entails β (normally with the additional condition that α ∪ T be consistent). Such theories are usually generalized in many directions: first of all by showing that explanations entail their conclusions only in a defeasible way (there are many potential explanations), thus joining the whole area of so-called nonmonotonic logic or of probabilistic treatments; second, trying to show how some of the explanations are relatively implausible, elaborating suitable technical tools (for example in terms of modal logic) able to capture the notion of preference among explanations (cf.
Abductive Cognition: The Epistemological and Eco-Cognitive Dimensions of Hypothetical Reasoning by Lorenzo Magnani