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International Research Group on Semiotics of Reasoning and Abductive Inference

University of Frankfurt, Germany

In the last five decades there can be noticed an increasing interest of the scientific community regarding nondeductive, pragmatic reasoning, especially Abductive Inference which Peirce called the "first stage" of investigation i.e., "inference to the best explanation."

Disciplines such as Philosophy of Science, Sociology, Psychology, Linguistics, Literary Criticism, Semiotics, and particularly Artificial Intelligence have pursued using Abductive Inference to reformulate some of their specific problems of research. For scientists, and particularly for semioticians, the research on abductive inference provides the unique opportunity of approaching interdisciplinarity under a single aspect. In cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Semiotik (DGS) we have set up at the University of Frankfurt an International Research Group on Semiotics of Reasoning and Abductive Inference.

The aim of this initiative is to establish a network between those scholars who are interested in Abductive Inference. We want to work out a bibliography on Abductive Inference, provide a newsletter and organize a workshop on the interdisciplinary aspects of abductive inference. We apply to become a "Special Interest Group" of the IASS and had a Section on Abductive Inference at the Semiotic Conference of the German and Dutch Association of Semiotics in Amsterdam in August 1995.

Contact:
International Research Group on Semiotics of Reasoning and Abductive Inference
Uwe Wirth
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Institut für Deutsche Sprache und Literatur II
Gräfstrasse 76
60054 Frankfurt, Germany
fax: 069-7982-28462
e-mail:wirth@informatik.uni-frankfurt.de


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