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Abduction, Reason and Science: Processes of Discovery and Explanation [Hardcover]

by L. Magnani

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March 31, 2001 0306465140 978-0306465147 2001

This book ties together the concerns of philosophers of science and AI researchers, showing for example the connections between scientific thinking and medical expert systems. It lays out a useful general framework for discussion of a variety of kinds of abduction. It develops important ideas about aspects of abductive reasoning that have been relatively neglected in cognitive science, including the use of visual and temporal representations and the role of abduction in the withdrawal of hypotheses.


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Lorenzo Magnani, philosopher and cognitive scientist, is a professor at the University of Pavia, Italy, and the director of its Computational Philosophy Laboratory. He is visiting professor at the Sun Yat-sen University, Canton (Guangzhou), China. He has taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology and at The City University of New York and currently directs international research programs in the EU, USA, and China. His book Abduction, Reason, and Science (New York, 2001) has become a well-respected work in the field of human cognition. The recent book Morality in a Technological World (Cambridge, 2007) develops a philosophical and cognitive theory of the relationships between ethics and technology in a naturalistic perspective. The book Abductive Cognition. The Epistemological and Eco-Cognitive Dimensions of Hypothetical reasoning has been published by Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg/New York (2009). The last book Understanding Violence. Morality, Religion, and Violence Intertwined: A Philosophical Stance has also been published by Springer in 2011, In 1998 he started the series of International Conferences on Model-Based Reasoning (MBR). Since 2011 he is the editor of the Book Series Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics (SAPERE), Springer, Heidelberg/Berlin.

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