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Idealization, Abduction, and Progressive Scientific Change

UPV/EHU - University of the Basque Country
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  • Abduction
  • Non-Monotonic Reasoning
  • Idealization
  • Approximation
  • Kepler-Newton Case
  • Empirical Progress
  • Scientific Change
  • Logic


After a brief comparison of Aliseda’s account with different approaches to abductive reasoning, I try to relate abduction, understood in terms like those of Aliseda, to another concept which also occupies a very important role in scientific change: idealization. In particular, I try to reveal some interesting aspects related to notions like approximation and empirical progress.

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