Publication
Title
The structure of scientific theories, explanation, and unification : a causal-structural account
Author
Abstract
What are scientic theories and how should they be represented? In this paper I propose a causal-structural account, according to which scientic theories are to be represented as sets of interrelated causal and credal nets. In contrast with other accounts of scientic theories (such as Sneedian structuralism, Kitcher's unicationist view, and Darden's theory of theoretical components), this leaves room for causality to play a substantial role. As a result, an interesting account of explanation is provided which sheds light on explanatory unication within a causalist framework. The theory of classical genetics is used as a case study.
Language
English
Source (journal)
The British journal for the philosophy of science. - London
Publication
London : 2014
ISSN
0007-0882
Volume/pages
65:4(2014), p. 717-771
ISI
000345836100003
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
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Publication type
Subject
External links
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Creation 13.12.2014
Last edited 19.08.2017