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Unification beyond justification: a strategy for theory development

Kao, Molly (2017) Unification beyond justification: a strategy for theory development. [Preprint]

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This paper considers the importance of unification in the context of developing scientific theories. I argue that unifying hypotheses are not valuable simply because they are supported by multiple lines of evidence. Instead, they can be valuable because they guide experimental research in different domains in such a way that the results from those experiments inform the scope of the theory being developed. I support this characterization by appealing to the early development of quantum theory. I then draw some comparisons with discussions of robustness reasoning.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Kao, Mollymolly.kao@umontreal.ca0000-0001-7656-904X
Keywords: Unification, Theory development, Quantum theory, Robustness reasoning
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr. Molly Kao
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2017 16:01
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2017 16:01
Item ID: 13332
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11229-017-1515-...
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13332

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