On the distinction between Peirce’s abduction and Lipton’s Inference to the best explanation

  title={On the distinction between Peirce’s abduction and Lipton’s Inference to the best explanation},
  author={Daniel G. Campos},
I argue against the tendency in the philosophy of science literature to link abduction to the inference to the best explanation (IBE), and in particular, to claim that Peircean abduction is a conceptual predecessor to IBE. This is not to discount either abduction or IBE. Rather the purpose of this paper is to clarify the relation between Peircean abduction and IBE in accounting for ampliative inference in science. This paper aims at a proper classification—not justification—of types of… 
Abduction - the context of discovery + underdetermination = inference to the best explanation
It is shown that abduction and IBE have important similarities as well as differences and can be well understood in terms of two historic developments in the history of philosophy of science: first, Reichenbach’s distinction between the context of discovery and thecontext of justification—and the consequent jettisoning of the context for discovery from philosophy ofScience.
Beyond the Instinct-Inference Dichotomy: A Unified Interpretation of Peirce's Theory of Abduction
  • M. Mohammadian
  • Philosophy
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society
  • 2019
I examine and resolve an exegetical dichotomy between two main interpretations of Peirce’s theory of abduction, namely, the Generative Interpretation and the Pursuitworthiness Interpretation.
How did Abduction Get Confused with Inference to the Best Explanation?
One of C. S. Peirce’s most misunderstood ideas is his notion of abduction, the process of generating and selecting hypotheses to test. Contemporary philosophers of science have falsely cited Peirce’s
Forms of Abduction and an Inferential Taxonomy
In recent years, the Peircean concept of abduction has been differentiated into different forms and made fruitful in a variety of contexts. However, the very notion of abduction still seems to be in
Peirce Knew Why Abduction Isn’t IBE—A Scheme and Critical Questions for Abductive Argument
It is shown why equating abduction with IBE (or understanding them as inseparable parts) unnecessarily complicates argument evaluation by levelling the status of abduction as a third reasoning mode (besides deduction and induction).
The a priority of abduction
Here we challenge the orthodoxy according to which abduction is an a posteriori mode of inference. We start by providing a case study illustrating how abduction can justify a philosophical claim not
Modalities of Abduction: a Philosophy of Science-Based Investigation of Abduction
In this article, we investigate the notion of abduction, as it relates to and can be applied in scientific research. We investigate abduction through philosophy of science and the purpose is to
Abduction and diagrams
This paper proposes a new interpretation of a sole exception, a sketch of two graphs from a rejected page from 1903, which might be the only surviving example of Peirce’s abductive graphs.
Peirce on Abduction
As a philosophical term in English, ‘abduction’ was originally a seventeenth century translation of a Latin term used by Renaissance logicians. It was adopted in 1898 by Charles S. Peirce who gave it
On classifying abduction


Peirce-Suit of Truth – Why Inference to the Best Explanation and Abduction Ought Not to be Confused
It is well known that the process of scientific inquiry, according to Peirce, is drivenby three types of inference, namely abduction, deduction, and induction. What isbehind these labels is, however,
Peirce's Theory of Abduction
  • A. Burks
  • Philosophy
    Philosophy of Science
  • 1946
One task of logic, Peirce held, is to classify arguments so as to determine the validity of each kind. His own classification is interesting because it includes a novel type of argument (called
It is well known that the process of scientific inquiry, according to Peirce, is driven by three types of inference, namely abduction, deduction, and induction. What is behind these labels is,
Hansonian and Harmanian Abduction as Models of Discovery
In this article, I compare two varieties of abduction as reconstructive models for analysing discovery. The first is ‘Hansonian abduction’, which is based on N. R. Hanson’s formulations of abduction.
Patterns of abduction
Several kinds of creative abductions are introduced, such as theoretical model abduction, common cause abduction and statistical factor analysis, and the article illustrates them by various real case examples.
The inference to the best explanation
In a situation in which several explanations compete, is the one that is better qua explanation also the one we should regard as the more likely to be true? Realists usually answer in the
Diagrams as Centerpiece of a Peircean Epistemology
Recent developments in semiotics, semantics, and linguistics tend to give concepts like "schema," "gestalt," and the like a renaissance in the description of signification processes. The actual
Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce
IT is difficult to deal adequately, even in a longer notice, with the extraordinary diversity of topics touched upon or discussed in these volumes. They fully support the editor's opinion that Peirce
Inference to the best explanation
Lipton argues that an illuminating version of "Inference to the Best Explanation" must rely on the latter notion, and provides a new account of what makes one explanation lovelier than another.
The Cambridge Companion to Peirce
1. Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) Cheryl Misak 2. Peirce's place in the pragmatist tradition Sami Philstrom 3. Peirce and medieval thought John Boler 4. Reflections on inquiry and truth arising