Unification as a Measure of Natural Classification

Theoria 29 (1):71-82 (2014)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Recent interest in the idea that there can be scientific understanding without explanation lends new relevance to Duhem's notion of natural classification. According to Duhem, a classification that is natural teaches us something about nature without being explanatory. However, Duhem's conception of naturalness leaves much to be desired. In this paper, I argue that we can measure the naturalness of classification by using an amended version of the notion of unification as defined by Schurz and Lambert. If this thesis is correct, it both leads to a better conceptual understanding of scientific understanding, and also gives the nascent literature on this topic some much-needed precision.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,219

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Realismus in duhems naturgemässer klassifikationRealism in duhem's natural classification.Alex Burri - 1996 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 27 (2):203-213.
Pierre Duhem and the inconsistency between instrumentalism and natural classification.Sonia Maria Dion - 2013 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 44 (1):12-19.
Pierre Duhem’s Good Sense as a guide to Theory Choice.Milena Ivanova - 2010 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 41 (1):58-64.
Realismus in duhems naturgemässer klassifikation.Alex Burri - 1996 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 27 (2):203 - 213.
Boyle, classification and the workmanship of the understanding thesis.Jan-Erik Jones - 2005 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 43 (2):171-183.
Le naturel est artificiel : l’héritage de la scientia scientiarum.Hope A. Olson, Jihee Beak & Inkyung Choi - 2013 - Hermès: La Revue Cognition, communication, politique 66 (2):, [ p.].

Analytics

Added to PP
2015-01-22

Downloads
106 (#160,116)

6 months
14 (#154,299)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Victor Gijsbers
Leiden University

Citations of this work

Can Probabilistic Coherence be a Measure of Understanding?Victor Gijsbers - 2015 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 30 (1):53-71.
Hamilton's rule: A non-causal explanation?Vaios Koliofotis & Philippe Verreault-Julien - 2022 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 92 (C):109-118.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references