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The role of unification in explanations of facts

Erik Weber UGent, Jeroen Van Bouwel UGent and Merel Lefevere UGent (2012) EPSA Philosophy of Science : Amsterdam 2009. 1. p.403-413
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.
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conference
publication status
published
subject
keyword
explanatory virtues, Aim of explanation, causation, unification.
in
EPSA Philosophy of Science : Amsterdam 2009
editor
Henk De Regt, Samir Okasha and Stephan Hartmann
volume
1
issue title
The European Philosophy of Science Association Proceedings
pages
403 - 413
publisher
Springer
place of publication
Berlin, Germany
conference name
2nd Conference of the European-Philosophy-of-Science-Association (EPSA - 2009)
conference location
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
conference start
2009-11-21
conference end
2009-11-24
Web of Science type
Proceedings Paper
Web of Science id
000307264900033
ISBN
9789400724037
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2404-4_33
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
P1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1856691
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1856691
date created
2011-07-11 17:58:37
date last changed
2012-10-02 11:20:07
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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},
}

Chicago
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.
APA
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.
Vancouver
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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.
MLA
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.