In: Organon F, vol. 27, no. 2
Michael J. Shaffer
Year, pages: 2020, 142 - 168
Explanation; reduction; simplicity; scientific under- standing; unification.
Article type: Research Article
In this paper significant challenges are raised with respect to the view that explanation essentially involves unification. These objections are raised specifically with respect to the well-known versions of unificationism developed and defended by Michael Fried- man and Philip Kitcher. The objections involve the explanatory regress argument and the concepts of reduction and scientific understanding. Essentially, the contention made here is that these versions of unificationism wrongly assume that reduction secures understanding.
How to cite:
J. Shaffer, M. 2020. Unification and the Myth of Purely Reductive Understanding. In Organon F, vol. 27, no.2, pp. 142-168. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27201
J. Shaffer, M. (2020). Unification and the Myth of Purely Reductive Understanding. Organon F, 27(2), 142-168. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27201
Publisher: Filozofický ústav SAV, Filosofický ústav AVČR
Published: 2. 5. 2020
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