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SOME NOTES ON UNIFICATIONISM AND PROBABILISTIC EXPLANATION

  • REBECCA SCHWEDER
Part of the BOSTON STUDIES IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE book series (BSPS, volume 252)

Abstract

The simplest and most convenient way to present the unificationist model of explanation is to state what the unificationist sees as the necessary and sufficient conditions for something’s being a scientific explanation. This exposition will also make it clear how the unificationist model relates to Hempel’s covering law model, as well as what distinguishes the two.

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Criminal Activity Subjective Probability Scientific Explanation Probabilistic Explanation Auxiliary Hypothesis 
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  • REBECCA SCHWEDER

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