Synthese 194 (9):3501-3521 (2017)

Merel Lefevere
University of Ghent
In the current literature on scientific explanation unification became unfashionable in favour of causal approaches. We want to bring unification back into the picture. In this paper we demonstrate that resemblance questions do occur in scientific practice and that they cannot be properly answered without unification. Our examples show that resemblance questions about particular facts demand what we call causal network unification, while resemblance questions about regularities require what we call mechanism unification. We clarify how these types of unification relate to Philip Kitcher’s account, but also to causal and mechanistic accounts of explanation
Keywords Causal network unification  Kitcher’s account of unification  Mechanism unification  Resemblance questions
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-015-0969-9
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