Why Pursue Unification? A Social-Epistemological Puzzle

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THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, ISSN: 0495-4548, Vol: 30, Issue: 3, Page: 431-447

Publication Year:
2015
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12160
DOI:
10.1387/theoria.12647
Author(s):
Harp, Randall; Khalifa, Kareem
Publisher(s):
UPV/EHU Press; Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del PaĆ­s Vasco
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Arts and Humanities
article description
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.