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Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics

Iconicity and Abduction

Authors: Caterina, Gianluca, Gangle, Rocco

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  • Analyzes the role of iconic signs in scientific hypothesis-formation
  • Uses category theory to explore the connection between iconicity and abduction
  • Provides an explanatory framework for model-based reasoning in science
  • Integrates formal diagrammatic and mathematical methods in Peirce and Badiou
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This book consolidates and extends the authors’ work on the connection between iconicity and abductive inference. It emphasizes a pragmatic, experimental and fallibilist view of knowledge without sacrificing formal rigor. Within this context, the book focuses particularly on scientific knowledge and its prevalent use of mathematics. To find an answer to the question “What kind of experimental activity is the scientific employment of mathematics?” the book addresses the problems involved in formalizing abductive cognition. For this, it implements the concept and method of iconicity, modeling this theoretical framework mathematically through category theory and topoi. Peirce's concept of iconic signs is treated in depth, and it is shown how Peirce's diagrammatic logical notation of Existential Graphs makes use of iconicity and how important features of this iconicity are representable within category theory. Alain Badiou’s set-theoretical model of truth procedures and his relational sheaf-based theory of phenomenology are then integrated within the Peircean logical context. Finally, the book opens the path towards a more naturalist interpretation of the abductive models developed in Peirce and Badiou through an analysis of several recent attempts to reformulate quantum mechanics with categorical methods. Overall, the book offers a comprehensive and rigorous overview of past approaches to iconic semiotics and abduction, and it encompasses new extensions of these methods towards an innovative naturalist interpretation of abductive reasoning.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Iconicity and Abduction
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
Series Volume
29
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44245-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44245-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-44244-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83019-3
Series ISSN
2192-6255
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 180
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