Diagrams as scaffolds for abductive insights

Title: Diagrams as scaffolds for abductive insights
Format: Conference
Publication Date: December 2010
Description: Based on a typology of five basic forms of abduction, I propose a new definition of abductive insight that emphasizes in particular the inferential structure of a belief system that is able to explain a phenomenon after a new, abductively created component has been added to this system or the entire system has been abductively restructured. My thesis is, first, that the argumentative structure of the pursued problem solution guides abductive creativity and, second, that diagrammatic reasoning - if conceptualized according to the requirements defined by Charles Peirce - can support this guidance. This support is mainly possible based on the normative power of the system of representation that has to be used to construct diagrams and to perform experiments with them. Copyright © 2010, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. All rights reserved.
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Citation: WS-10-07. 42 - 49.
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  • School of Public Policy