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Unification and the Myth of Purely Reductive Understanding

In: Organon F, vol. 27, no. 2
Michael J. Shaffer


Year, pages: 2020, 142 - 168
Language: eng
Explanation; reduction; simplicity; scientific under- standing; unification.
Article type: Research Article
About 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.
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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
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Publisher: Filozofický ústav SAV, Filosofický ústav AVČR
Published: 2. 5. 2020
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