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The Role of Unification in Explanations of Facts

Weber, Erik and Van Bouwel, Jeroen and Lefevere, Merel (2010) The Role of Unification in Explanations of Facts. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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In the literature on scientific explanation, there is a classical distinction between explanations of facts and explanations of laws. This paper is about explanations of facts. Our aim is to analyse the role of unification in explanations of this kind. We discuss five positions with respect to this role, argue for two of them and refute the three others.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Weber, Erik
Van Bouwel, Jeroen
Lefevere, Merel
Keywords: Aim of explanation, causation, explanatory virtues, unification.
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Erik Weber
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:19
Item ID: 5220

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