Philosophy of Science 84 (3):391-413 (2017)

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Elliott Sober
University of Wisconsin, Madison
William Roche
Texas Christian University
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According to Michael Friedman’s theory of explanation, a law X explains laws Y1, Y2, …, Yn precisely when X unifies the Y’s, where unification is understood in terms of reducing the number of independently acceptable laws. Philip Kitcher criticized Friedman’s theory but did not analyze the concept of independent acceptability. Here we show that Kitcher’s objection can be met by modifying an element in Friedman’s account. In addition, we argue that there are serious objections to the use that Friedman makes of the concept of independent acceptability.
Keywords Bayesianism  Explanation  Michael Friedman  Independent acceptability  Philip Kitcher  Unification
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