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Franz-Peter Griesmaier
University of Wyoming
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    Kitcher‐Style Unificationism and Explanatory Relevance.Franz-Peter Griesmaier - 2005 - Dialectica 59 (1):37-50.
    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.
    The paper investigates the question as to which features of hypotheses make them explanatory. Given the intuitive appeal of causal explanations, one might suspect that explanatoriness is deeply connected with causation. I argue in detail that this is wrong by showing that none of the dominant analyses of causation are suited for general accounts of explanatoriness. In the second part, I provide the outlines of an account of explanatoriness that connects it with scientific understanding, which in turn is argued to (...)
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    On Explaining Phenomenal Consciousness.Franz-Peter Griesmaier - 2003 - Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence 15 (2):227-242.
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  4. Rationality and Epistemic Sophistication.Franz-Peter Griesmaier - 2015 - Lexington Books.
    Analyzing epistemic sophistication in terms of the stringency of a person’s standards, her skills in using evidence, and her wisdom in employing proper standards, this book argues for a radical conception of epistemology as being concerned with the duties that arise during the process of belief formation.
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  5. Simple Minds: A Cognitive Account of Theoretical Simplicity and the Epistemology of Human Understanding.Franz-Peter Griesmaier - 1997 - Dissertation, The University of Arizona
    Why should anybody care about theoretical simplicity? It is pretty clear that simpler theories don't stand a better chance of being true, just because they are simpler than their competitors. Of course, simpler theories are easier to use in technological applications, and they are more tractable. But that is something engineers should be concerned about. Why should the theoretical scientist be interested in simple theories? ;The principal virtue of simple theories is their facilitation of scientific understanding in virtue of their (...)
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