Zygon 48 (1):143-191 (1992)

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Abstract In his Aquinas Lecture 1992 at Marquette University, Ernan McMullin discusses whether there is a pattern of inference that particularly characterizes the sciences of nature. He pursues this theme both on a historical and a systematic level. There is a continuity of concern across the ages that separate the Greek inquiry into nature from our own vastly more complex scientific enterprise. But there is also discontinuity, the abandonment of earlier ideals as unworkable. The natural sciences involve many types of inference; three of these interlock in a special way to produce “retroductive inference,” the kind of complex inference that supports causal theory
Keywords Inference  Science Philosophy
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Call number Q175.32.I54.M36 1992
ISBN(s) 0874621593
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9744.2012.01319.x
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