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abductive +‎ -ly


  • That there is such a mind-independent reality has to be inferred abductively.

    A Message About ID

  • For instance, the cosmological fine-tuning data and the genetic code itself, properly and most plausibly interpreted strongly point away from chance and impersonal necessity, and toward ID as a valid abductively inferred hypothesis.

    Bits and Pieces of an RNA World

  • Typically, when we infer abductively to a hypothesis as most plausible to explain some observations, we are not then in a position to accept that hypothesis as true, rather than as only worth further testing.

    Epistemological Problems of Testimony

  • (CF) A belief is acceptable for a person if (and only if) it is either properly basic (i.e., self-evident, incorrigible, or evident to the senses for that person), or believed on the evidential basis of propositions that are acceptable and that support it deductively, inductively, or abductively.

    Warranted Christian Belief


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