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Abductive Analysis
Author: Iddo Tavory

ISBN: 9780226180311
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 19 August 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3
The core idea of this book is abduction, a term coined by Charles S. Peirce (which gives away the pragmatist philosophical roots of the book). It's differentiated from induction (collecting new data in and using it to strengthen or problematize well-established theories ) and deduction (an initial hypothesis about specific observations already based on existing theory). Neither induction nor deduction, Peirce noted, were particularly creative?neither leads to new theories. Tavory and Timmermans maintain that theory-generation requires us to move away from our preconceived notions and to create new narratives about the phenomenon we're trying to explain. Abduction occurs when we encounter observations that don't neatly fit existing theory and we find ourselves speculating what the data plausibly could be a case of. Abduction thus refers to a creative inferential process aimed at producing new hypotheses and theories based on surprising research evidence. Abduction forms a new hypothesis for which we need to gather more data points to strengthen our hunch. Tavory and Timmermans offer much practical advice, and vivid examples from their own and others' rese...

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