Kitcher‐Style Unificationism and Explanatory Relevance

Dialectica 59 (1):37-50 (2005)

Franz-Peter Griesmaier
University of Wyoming
By reducing the explanatory power of theories to their unifying power, unificationism seems the best candidate for a theory of explanatory relevance. I argue that Philip Kitcher's version of unificationism, which relies on the central concept of an argument pattern, can in principle not live up to such an expectation, because his notion of stringency, which is needed to distinguish between genuine and spurious unifications, relies on a prior notion of explanatory relevance
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Causality, Explanatoriness, and Understanding as Modeling.Franz-Peter Griesmaier - 2006 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 37 (1):41-59.

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