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Why Pursue Unification?: A Social-Epistemological Puzzle

THEORIA. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia, 30, 431-447, 2015


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Abstract: Many have argued that unified theories ought to be pursued wherever possible. We deny this on the basis of social-epistemological and decision-theoretic considerations. Consequently, those seeking a more ubiquitous role for unification must either attend to the scientific community’s social structure in greater detail than has been the case, and/or radically revise their conception of unification.



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