Scientific Inquiry as a Self-correcting Process

The Commens Encyclopedia: The Digital Encyclopedia of Peirce Studies (2002)
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Peirce claims that the methods of abduction, deduction and induction are jointly sufficient for the attainment of truth, regardless of the state of belief from which inquiry begins. This article summarizes Peirce’s defence of the thesis that the scientific method is self-corrective and addresses common mistakes in its interpretation.

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