The Role of Unification in Explanations of Facts

  • Erik Weber
  • Jeroen Van Bouwel
  • Merel Lefevere
Conference paper
Part of the The European Philosophy of Science Association Proceedings book series (EPSP, volume 1)


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. With respect to this role, five positions can be distinguished:


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The authors thank Raoul Gervais, Jan Willem Wieland, two anonymous referees and the audience at EPSA09 for their comments on earlier versions of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik Weber
    • 1
  • Jeroen Van Bouwel
    • 1
  • Merel Lefevere
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Logic and Philosophy of ScienceGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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