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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

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Volume 2011, Issue 186


Diagrams, iconicity, and abductive discovery

Sami Paavola
Published Online: 2011-08-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/semi.2011.057


In this article, the role of abductive reasoning within Peirce's diagrammatic reasoning is discussed. Both abduction and diagrammatic reasoning bring in elements of discovery but it is not clear if abduction should be a part of a fully developed diagrammatic system or not for Peirce. This relates to Peirce's way of interpreting abduction in his later writings. Iconicity and perceptual elements as a basis for discoveries are analyzed, both in deductive and abductive reasoning. At the end, the role of modern ideas of distributed cognition applied to the Peircean scheme is shortly delineated.

Keywords:: diagrams; abduction; deduction; iconicity; discovery; distributed cognition

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Published Online: 2011-08-08

Published in Print: 2011-08-01

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2011, Issue 186, Pages 297–314, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/semi.2011.057.

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