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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: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    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)
    Keywords: Aim of explanation, causation, explanatory virtues, unification.
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    General Issues > Explanation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Erik Weber
    Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5220
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5220

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