Reductionism and the unification theory of explanation

Philosophy of Science 62 (1):21-30 (1995)
P. Kitcher's unification theory of explanation appears to endorse a reductionistic view of scientific explanation that is inconsistant with scientific practice. In this paper, I argue that this appearance is illusory. The existence of multiply realizable generalizations enable the unification theory to also count many high-level accounts as explanatory.
Keywords Reduction  Unification  Explanation
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DOI 10.1086/289836
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