Logic and Abduction: Cognitive Externalizations in Demonstrative Environments

Lorenzo Magnani


In her book Abductive Reasoning Atocha Aliseda (2006) stresses the attention to the logical models of abduction, centering on the semantic tableaux as a method for extending and improving both the whole cognitive/philosophical view on it and on other more restricted logical approaches. I will describe the importance of increasing logical knowledge on abduction also taking advantage of some ideas coming from the so-called distributed cognition where logical models are seen as forms of cognitive externalizations of preexistent in-formal human reasoning performances


logic, abduction, distributed cognition

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1387/theoria.448