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Erkenntnis

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 61–83 | Cite as

Unique Events: The Underdetermination of Explanation

  • Aviezer Tucker
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Abstract

The paper explicates ‘unique events’ and investigates their epistemology. Explications of ‘unique events’ as individuated, different, and emergent are philosophically uninteresting. Unique events are topics of why-questions that radically underdetermine all their potential explanations. Uniqueness that is relative to a level of scientific development is differentiated from absolute uniqueness. Science eliminates relative uniqueness by discovery of recurrence of events and properties, falsification of assumptions of why-questions, and methodological simplification e.g. by explanatory methodological reduction. Finally, an overview of contemporary philosophical disputes that hinge on issues of uniqueness emphasizes its philosophical significance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aviezer Tucker
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyPalacky University, Krizkovskeho 12OlomoucCzech Republic

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