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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 34, Issue 1, January 2019

Daniel Blanco, Santiago Ginnobili, Pablo Lorenzano
Pages 111-131

La capacidad unificadora de las teorías científicas
Una propuesta alternativa desde el estructuralismo metateórico al enfoque kitchereano de patrones explicativos

Kitcher has satisfactorily explicated unification using his particular approach to scientific explanation. However, we believe that his perspective has certain problems, which have been inherited by more recent approaches to the topic. Specifically, the requirement of stringency of patterns that Kitcher proposes to determine the unifying power of an explanatory pattern undermines the typical and peculiar heterogeneity we can find in different applications of unifying theories. We will show how this topic can be better addressed by the perspective built by metatheoretical structuralism without sacrificing any of Kitcher’s correct intuitions.

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