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Subject: BHA: Re: Re: Research Methods Texts
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 09:40:53 -0400


Peirce's concept of aduction is very commonly assimilated to inference to
the best argument.  This happens, for example, in analytical philosophy.  Is
everyone satisfied with this?  Are there distinctions to be drawn between
the Peircean/CR concepts of adduction or retroduction and inference to the
best argument?

Howard


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jamie Morgan" <jamie-AT-morganj58.fsnet.co.uk>
To: <bhaskar-AT-lists.village.virginia.edu>
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2003 3:16 AM
Subject: BHA: Re: Research Methods Texts


> Since analytical statistical packages dominate research one would expect
> deductive and inductive methods to dominate - on a purely market driven
> basis Peirce's concept of abduction as the inference tot he best argument
> may not fit easily into systems that go from samples to populations & c.
In
> so far as it entails a far more explicit evaluative role it produces a
> degree of complexity that would be its own textbook - it's easier just to
> set it aside I guess.
>
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> From: "Marshall Feldman" <marsh-AT-uri.edu>
> To: <bhaskar-AT-lists.village.virginia.edu>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 10:31 PM
> Subject: BHA: Research Methods Texts
>
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm teaching a course on research methods and using two textbooks. One,
> > _Social Research Methods_ by Lawrence Neuman is fairly standard although
> far
> > less dogmatic than most that I've seen. The other, _Explaining Society_
by
> > Danermark, et al. is explicitly based in CR. At one point we covered the
> > logic of research. Neuman discusses inductive and deductive reasoning;
> > Danermark discuses both of these as well as abductive and retroductive
> > reasoning. One of the students asked what I thought was a very good
> > question. Why doesn't Neuman cover these other modes of reasoning as
well?
> I
> > explained that Neuman is updating a text (now in its 5th edition) that
> > originally didn't have to deal with CR and there's a certain
> path-dependence
> > for the textbook that makes incorporating such concepts now very
> difficult.
> > In effect, the entire text would have to be reorganized.
> >
> > I'm not entirely satisfied with this answer. Why do you think this stuff
> > hasn't become more common in methods textbooks? Do you know of any that
do
> a
> > better job with this?
> >
> > Marsh Feldman
> >
> >
> >
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