Unification as an explanatory and epistemic value in scientific practice and theory

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2009 - 2016 (lopend)
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Vakgroep Wijsbegeerte en Moraalwetenschap

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In today's literature on scientific explanation causal-mechanist accounts have become so dominant that they have pushed unificationism into the background. However, scientists themselves still apply the concept of unification in their research practice. The aim of this dissertation is to analyse the role of unification in scientific explanations and to show that there are important types of explanatory practice which cannot be analyzed properly if we neglect unification as a desideratum for explanations. 

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