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  1. Michael H. G. Hoffmann (forthcoming). Changing Philosophy Through Technology: Complexity and Computer-Supported Collaborative Argument Mapping. Philosophy and Technology:1-22.
    Technology is not only an object of philosophical reflection but also something that can change this reflection. This paper discusses the potential of computer-supported argument visualization tools for coping with the complexity of philosophical arguments. I will show, in particular, how the interactive and web-based argument mapping software “AGORA-net” can change the practice of philosophical reflection, communication, and collaboration. AGORA-net allows the graphical representation of complex argumentations in logical form and the synchronous and asynchronous collaboration on those “argument maps” on (...)
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  2. Michael H. G. Hoffmann, Jan C. Schmidt & Nancy J. Nersessian (2013). Philosophy of and as Interdisciplinarity. Synthese 190 (11):1857-1864.
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  3. Michael H. G. Hoffmann, Jan C. Schmidt & Nancy J. Nersessian (2013). Erratum To: Philosophy of and as Interdisciplinarity. [REVIEW] Synthese 190 (11):1975-1975.
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  4. Michael Hg Hoffmann, Jan C. Schmidt & Nancy J. Nersessian (2013). Philosophy of and as Interdisciplinarity. Synthese 190 (11):1857-1864.
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  5. Michael Hoffmann & Jason Borenstein (2013). Understanding Ill-Structured Engineering Ethics Problems Through a Collaborative Learning and Argument Visualization Approach. Science and Engineering Ethics 20 (1):1-16.
    As a committee of the National Academy of Engineering recognized, ethics education should foster the ability of students to analyze complex decision situations and ill-structured problems. Building on the NAE’s insights, we report about an innovative teaching approach that has two main features: first, it places the emphasis on deliberation and on self-directed, problem-based learning in small groups of students; and second, it focuses on understanding ill-structured problems. The first innovation is motivated by an abundance of scholarly research that supports (...)
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  6. Michael H. G. Hoffmann (2011). Climate Ethics: Structuring Deliberation by Means of Logical Argument Mapping. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 25 (1):64-97.
    One of the first things President Obama did after coming to office was the establishment of the Office of Public Engagement. As described on its Web site, this office "is the embodiment of the President's goal of making government inclusive, transparent, accountable and responsible." The Office of Public Engagement is supposed to "create and coordinate opportunities for direct dialogue between the Obama Administration and the American public, while bringing new voices to the table and ensuring that everyone can participate and (...)
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  7. Michael H. G. Hoffmann & Jan C. Schmidt (2011). Philosophy of (and as) Interdisciplinarity. Workshop Report (Atlanta, September 28-29, 2009). Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 42 (1):169 - 175.
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  8. Michael Hg Hoffmann (2011). Cognitive Conditions of Diagrammatic Reasoning. Semiotica 2011 (186):189-212.
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  9. John J. Stuhr, Richard Shusterman, Mary Magada-Ward, Jessica Wahman, William S. Lewis, Michael Hg Hoffmann, Eric Thomas Weber & Jacquelyn Ak Kegley (2011). 1. Front Matter Front Matter (Pp. I-Iv). Journal of Speculative Philosophy 25 (1).
     
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  10. Michael H. G. Hoffmann (2010). "Theoric Transformations" and a New Classification of Abductive Inferences. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 46 (4):570-590.
    Among the many problems posed by Peirce's concept of abduction is how to determine the scope of this form of inference, and how to distinguish different types of abduction. This problem can be illustrated by taking a look at one of his best known definitions of the term:Abduction is the process of forming an explanatory hypothesis. It is the only logical operation which introduces any new idea; for induction does nothing but determine a value, and deduction merely evolves the necessary (...)
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  11. Michael H. G. Hoffmann (2007). Learning From People, Things, and Signs. Studies in Philosophy and Education 26 (3):185-204.
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  12. Michael Hg Hoffmann & Wolff-Michael Roth (2007). The Complementarity of a Representational and an Epistemological Function of Signs in Scientific Activity. Semiotica 164 (1/4):101-121.
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  13. Michael Hoffmann (2005). Erkenntnisentwicklung: Ein Semiotisch-Pragmatischer Ansatz. Klostermann.
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  14. Michael H. G. Hoffmann & Wolff-Michael Roth (2005). What You Should Know to Survive in Knowledge Societies: On a Semiotic Understanding of 'Knowledge'. Semiotica 2005 (157):105-142.
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  15. Michael Hg Hoffmann (2005). Limits of Truth: Exploring Epistemological Approaches to Argumentation. Informal Logic 25 (3):245-260.
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  16. Falk Seeger, Johannes Lenard & Michael H. G. Hoffmann (eds.) (2005). Activity and Sign. Grounding Mathematical Education. Springer.
    This volume provides new sources of knowledge based on Michael Otte’s fundamental insight that understanding the problems of mathematics education – how to teach, how to learn, how to communicate, how to do, and how to represent ...
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  17. Michael Hoffmann (2004). Axiomatisierung zwischen Platon und Aristoteles. Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 58 (2):224 - 245.
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  18. Michael H. G. Hoffmann (2004). How to Get It. Diagrammatic Reasoning as a Tool of Knowledge Development and its Pragmatic Dimension. Foundations of Science 9 (3):285-305.
    Discussions concerning belief revision, theorydevelopment, and ``creativity'' in philosophy andAI, reveal a growing interest in Peirce'sconcept of abduction. Peirce introducedabduction in an attempt to providetheoretical dignity and clarification to thedifficult problem of knowledge generation. Hewrote that ``An Abduction is Originary inrespect to being the only kind of argumentwhich starts a new idea'' (Peirce, CP 2.26).These discussions, however, led to considerabledebates about the precise way in which Peirce'sabduction can be used to explain knowledgegeneration (cf. Magnani, 1999; Hoffmann, 1999).The crucial question is (...)
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  19. Michael H. G. Hoffmann (2004). Peirces Philosophie der Wissenschaft, Logik und Erkenntnistheorie.(Teil 2). Philosophische Rundschau 51 (4):296-313.
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  20. Michael H. G. Hoffmann (2004). Peirces Philosophie der Wissenschaft, Logik und Erkenntnistheorie. Neuere Publikationen und Editionen.(1. Teil). Philosophische Rundschau 51 (3):193-211.
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  21. Ana S. L. Rodrigues, H. Resit Akcakaya, Sandy J. Andelman, Mohamed I. Bakarr, Luigi Boitani, Thomas M. Brooks, Janice S. Chanson, Lincoln D. C. Fishpool, Gustavo A. B. Da Fonseca, Kevin J. Gaston, Michael Hoffmann, Pablo A. Marquet, John D. Pilgrim, Robert L. Pressey, Jan Schipper, Wes Sechrest, Simon N. Stuart, Les G. Underhill, Robert W. Waller, Matthew E. J. Watts & Xie Yan (2004). Global Gap Analysis: Priority Regions for Expanding the Global Protected-Area Network. Bioscience 54 (12):1092-1100.
    Protected areas are the single most important conservation tool. The global protected-area network has grown substantially in recent decades, now occupying 11.5% of Earth's land surface, but such growth has not been strategically aimed at maximizing the coverage of global biodiversity. In a previous study, we demonstrated that the global network is far from complete, even for the representation of terrestrial vertebrate species. Here we present a first attempt to provide a global framework for the next step of strategically expanding (...)
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  22. Michael Hoffmann (1999). Problems with Peirce's Concept of Abduction. Foundations of Science 4 (3):271-305.
    Abductive reasoning takes place in forming``hypotheses'''' in order to explain ``facts.'''' Thus, theconcept of abduction promises an understanding ofcreativity in science and learning. It raises,however, also a lot of problems. Some of them will bediscussed in this paper. After analyzing thedifference between induction and abduction (1), Ishall discuss Peirce''s claim that there is a ``logic''''of abduction (2). The thesis is that this claim can beunderstood, if we make a clear distinction between inferential elements and perceptive elements of abductive reasoning. For (...)
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  23. Nathan Houser, Don D. Roberts, James Van Evra & Michael H. G. Hoffmann (1997). Studies in the Logic of Charles Sanders Peirce. 51 (3):193-211.
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