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Abductive Reasoning
by Douglas Walton

Trade Cloth
2005. 320 pp.
12 illustrations
Price:  $49.95 s
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Quality Paper
2013. 320 pp.
13 illustrations
Price:  $34.95 s
E Book
2013. 320 pp.
12 illustrations
Price:  $34.95 d

A study of the role of abductive inference in everyday argumentation and legal evidence

Examines three areas in which abductive reasoning is especially important: medicine, science, and law. The reader is introduced to abduction and shown how it has evolved historically into the framework of conventional wisdom in logic. Discussions draw upon recent techniques used in artificial intelligence, particularly in the areas of multi-agent systems and plan recognition, to develop a dialogue model of explanation. Cases of causal explanations in law are analyzed using abductive reasoning, and all the components are finally brought together to build a new account of abductive reasoning.
By clarifying the notion of abduction as a common and significant type of reasoning in everyday argumentation, Abductive Reasoning will be useful to scholars and students in many fields, including argumentation, computing and artificial intelligence, psychology and cognitive science, law, philosophy, linguistics, and speech communication and rhetoric.

Douglas Walton has published 33 books including Legal Argumentation and Evidence, One Sided Arguments: A Dialectical Analysis of Bias, Ad Hominem Arguments, Argumentation Schemes for Presumptive Reasoning, and A Pragmatic Theory of Fallacy.

“Abductive Reasoning makes a significant and original contribution. It is interdisciplinary in the right way: the drawing together of fields is demanded by the nature of the problem and issues, not by ideology or administrative decree.” —Jonathan E. Adler, author of Belief's Own Ethics

“Walton’s book is a good account of abductive reasoning, especially in the field of witness testimony, or argument from expert opinion.”
Artificial Intelligence and Law

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