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The role of unification in explanations of facts

Erik Weber (UGent) , Jeroen Van Bouwel (UGent) and Merel Lefevere (UGent)
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In the literature on scientific explanation, there is a classical distinction between explanations of facts and explanations of laws. This paper is about explanations of facts. Our aim is to analyse the role of unification in explanations of this kind. We discuss five positions with respect to this role, argue for two of them and refute the three others.
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explanatory virtues, Aim of explanation, causation, unification.

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Weber, Erik, Jeroen Van Bouwel, and Merel Lefevere. 2012. “The Role of Unification in Explanations of Facts.” In EPSA Philosophy of Science : Amsterdam 2009, ed. Henk De Regt, Samir Okasha, and Stephan Hartmann, 1:403–413. Berlin, Germany: Springer.
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Weber, E., Van Bouwel, J., & Lefevere, M. (2012). The role of unification in explanations of facts. In H. De Regt, S. Okasha, & S. Hartmann (Eds.), EPSA Philosophy of Science : Amsterdam 2009 (Vol. 1, pp. 403–413). Presented at the 2nd Conference of the European-Philosophy-of-Science-Association (EPSA - 2009), Berlin, Germany: Springer.
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Weber E, Van Bouwel J, Lefevere M. The role of unification in explanations of facts. In: De Regt H, Okasha S, Hartmann S, editors. EPSA Philosophy of Science : Amsterdam 2009. Berlin, Germany: Springer; 2012. p. 403–13.
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Weber, Erik, Jeroen Van Bouwel, and Merel Lefevere. “The Role of Unification in Explanations of Facts.” EPSA Philosophy of Science : Amsterdam 2009. Ed. Henk De Regt, Samir Okasha, & Stephan Hartmann. Vol. 1. Berlin, Germany: Springer, 2012. 403–413. Print.
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  abstract     = {In the literature on scientific explanation, there is a classical distinction between explanations of facts and explanations of laws. This paper is about explanations of facts. Our aim is to analyse the role of unification in explanations of this kind. We discuss five positions with respect to this role, argue for two of them and refute the three others.},
  author       = {Weber, Erik and Van Bouwel, Jeroen and Lefevere, Merel},
  booktitle    = {EPSA Philosophy of Science : Amsterdam 2009},
  editor       = {De Regt, Henk and Okasha, Samir and Hartmann, Stephan},
  isbn         = {9789400724037},
  keyword      = {explanatory virtues,Aim of explanation,causation,unification.},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Amsterdam, The Netherlands},
  pages        = {403--413},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  title        = {The role of unification in explanations of facts},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-2404-4\_33},
  volume       = {1},
  year         = {2012},
}

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