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By Parallel Reasoning: The Construction and Evaluation of Analogical Arguments

Paul Bartha


This book proposes a theory of analogical arguments, with special focus on analogies in mathematics and science. The core principle of the theory is that a good analogical argument must articulate a clear relationship capable of generalization. This idea leads to a set of distinct models for the critical analysis of prominent forms of analogical argument, corresponding to different logical, causal and probabilistic relationships that occur in scientific reasoning. The same principle allows us to relate analogical reasoning to broad norms and values of scientific practice, such as symmetry and ... More

Keywords: analogy, analogical reasoning, analogical arguments, confirmation, probability, causation, symmetry, unification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195325539
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325539.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Bartha, author
University of British Columbia
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