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The unifying power of scientific theories. An alternative proposal from structuralism to Kitcher’s explanatory pattern

Blanco, Daniel and Ginnobili, Santiago and Lorenzano, Pablo (2019) The unifying power of scientific theories. An alternative proposal from structuralism to Kitcher’s explanatory pattern. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 34 (1). pp. 111-131. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

Kitcher has satisfactorily explicated unification using his particular approach to scientific explanation. However, we believe that his perspective has certain problems, which have been inherited by more recent approaches to the topic. Specifically, the requirement of stringency of patterns that Kitcher proposes to determine the unifying power of an explanatory pattern undermines the typical and peculiar heterogeneity we can find in different applications of unifying theories. We will show how this topic can be better addressed by the perspective built by metatheoretical structuralism without sacrificing any of Kitcher's correct intuitions.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Blanco, Danieldanielblanco.fb@gmail.com
Ginnobili, Santiagosanti75@gmail.com
Lorenzano, Pablopablo.lorenzano@gmail.com
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Explanation, Kitcher, metatheoretical structuralism, spurious unification, unification
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 01 May 2019 13:07
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 13:07
Item ID: 15954
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.18870
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: January 2019
Page Range: pp. 111-131
Volume: 34
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15954

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