Unification and Understanding: The Modal View

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It is common to distinguish classificatory, physical, and formal unification. Of these, only physical unification seems to have anything to do with explanation and hence understanding. In this paper, I argue that that view is incorrect. Classificatory and formal unification facilitate understanding. Moreover, I argue that theories that physically unify do not necessarily facilitate understanding better than non-unified theories.
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PSA2022374
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University of Montana

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