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Organon F

2019, Pages 1–27

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

Unification and the Myth of Purely Reductive Understanding

Michael J. Shaffer

DOI (to be assigned)

Abstract

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 Friedman 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.

Keywords

Explanation; reduction; simplicity; scientific understanding, unification.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author

Michael J. Shaffer

Affiliation

St. Cloud State University

Address

Department of Philosophy, St. Cloud State University, CH365N, 720 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud, MN 56301, USA

E-mail

mjshaffer@stcloudstate.edu

About this article

Received

20 April 2019

Accepted

6 August 2019

Published online

14 September 2019

Publishers

Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as

Shaffer, M.J. (2019). Unification and the Myth of Purely Reductive Understanding. Organon F, 1–27. https://www.organonf.com/journal/shaffer

Copyright information

© Michael J. Shaffer

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