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- noun A
- noun A member of the Unification Church.
- adjective Pertaining to unification.
- adjective Pertaining to the Unification Church.
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The basic idea of the unificationist account is that scientific explanation is a matter of providing a unified account of a range of different phenomena.
Two accounts of explanation emerged: the unificationist and the causal-mechanical.
Indeed, any account of explanation that, like Kitcher's unificationist model, insists that laws (or generalizations of considerable generality) and deductive structure are necessary conditions for successful explanation will need to appeal to something like hidden structure strategy since it is generally accepted that there are many apparent explanations that do not conform to such conditions in their overt structure.
Friedman's formulation of the unificationist idea was subsequently shown to suffer from various technical problems (Kitcher, 1976) and subsequent development of the unificationist treatment of explanation has been most associated closely with Philip Kitcher (especially Kitcher, 1989).
Salmon, 1989, pp. 94ff. contains a critical discussion of Friedman's version of the unificationist account of explanation but ends by advocating a
What we have just seen is that the unificationist account has difficulty simultaneously capturing both of these possibilities.
So you can choose blatant propaganda, or a neutral station run by a unificationist monk the only free Taiwan station on offer, by the way.
His failure in this regard is endangering all of Lien Chan's good work and the whole unificationist program.
Kitcher acknowledges that there is nothing in the unificationist account per se that requires that all explanation be deductive: “there is no bar in principle to the use of non-deductive arguments in the systemization of our beliefs”.
One possible response to this second example is to bite the bullet and to argue that from the point of view of fundamental physics, there really is no difference in the explanatory import of the retrodictive and predictive derivations, and that it is a virtue, not a defect, of the unificationist approach that it reproduces this judgment.