Last but not least, I think about epistemology:
Abduction, or inference to the best explanation, is a method of reasoning in which one chooses the hypothesis that would, if true, best explain the relevant evidence. Abductive reasoning starts from a set of accepted facts and infers their most likely, or best, explanations.I do have a question. Isn't this usually considered as one of the steps of induction?
Not that I object to analyzing it as a separate step! But couldn't they have made up a new word to avoid confusion?
Philosophers love to distinguish
each little step
and they steal from normal English
with frightening pep.