The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘On the Logic of drawing History from Ancient Documents especially from Testimonies (Logic of History)’


… what does it matter how the work of abduction is performed? It matters much, for the reason that it originates every proposition. It is true that, however carelessly the abduction is performed, the true hypothesis will get suggested at last. But the aid which a correct logic can afford to science consists in enabling that to be done at small expenditure of every kind which, at any rate, is bound to get done somehow. The whole service of logic to science, whatever the nature of its services to individuals may be, is of the nature of an economy.

CP 7.220n18
‘Abduction’ (pub. 30.12.12-17:31). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Dec 30, 2012, 17:31 by Sami Paavola
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Jan 07, 2014, 01:05 by Commens Admin