ArgLab • Reading Group

Pedro Abreu on Tania Lombrozo (2012)

Lombrozo, T. (2012). Explanation and abductive inference

The Argumentation Lab (ArgLab) organizes a reading group on Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) and Inference to the Best Explanation (IBE). This reading group is part of the activities organized by the research group ANTIDOTE. The purpose of this reading group is to explore topics related, but not limited to, explanation in science and in language, methods of inquiry, and its application to artificial intelligence (explainability, interpretability, debugging, etc.). We will start reading classics in the literature on inference to the best explanation and move from there to more contemporary topics in AI and philosophy of science/language.

The next session of the reading group on XAI and IBE will take place next Wednesday, December 15th, from 4 to 5:30pm (Lisbon time).

Pedro Abreu will be the rapporteur, and the reading will be the following: Lombrozo, T. (2012). Explanation and abductive inference. In K. J. Holyoak & R. G. Morrison (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning (pp. 260–276). Oxford University Press.

You can read the chapter here. We also recommend Lombrozo’s shorter 2006, in case anyone wants to read more.

To join the session on Zoom, use this link (password: 410663).

Sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30pm (Lisbon time). Please write to if you are interested in taking part.