- Term introduced by Peirce for the process of using evidence to reach a wider conclusion, as in inference to the best explanation . Peirce described abduction as a creative process, but stressed that the results are subject to rational evaluation. However he anticipated later pessimism about the prospects of confirmation theory, denying that we can assess the results of abduction in terms of probability.
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