From the indirect confirmation of theories to theory unification

Kriterion - Journal of Philosophy 1 (18):10-14 (2004)
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Abstract

Theory unification is a central aim of scientific investigation. In this paper, I lay down the sketch of a Bayesian analysis of the virtue of unification that entails that the unification of a theory has direct implications for the confirmation of the theory’s logical consequences and for its prior probability. This shows that scientists do have epistemic, and not just pragmatic, reasons to prefer unified theories to non-unified ones

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Luca Moretti
University of Aberdeen

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