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International Philosophical Quarterly

Volume 51, Issue 2, June 2011

Alan R. Rhoda
Pages 181-194

Peirce and Lonergan on Inquiry and the Pragmatics of Inference

Drawing on the work of Charles Peirce and Bernard Lonergan, I argue (1) that inferences are essentially related to a process of inquiry, (2) that there is a normative pattern to this process, one in which each of Peirce’s three distinct types of inference—abductive, deductive, and inductive—plays a distinct cognitive role, and (3) that each type of inference answers a distinct type of question and thereby resolves a distinct kind of interrogative intentionality.

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