• April 15th, 2016

Three paradigms of a scientific explanation

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as “Topics in Philosophy of Science” is an advanced course in the philosophy of science.
The topic is Gerhard Schurz distinguishes three paradigms of a scientific explanation: (i) the expectability paradigm, (ii) the causality paradigm, and (iii) the unification paradigm (Chapter 6.5 of our textbook). Moreover, he claims that in most instances of scientific explanations, all three paradigms coincide (p. 370). Your task is to analyse a concrete example of a scientific explanation along the lines of these paradigms. That is, your analysis should discuss the question of which of the three paradigms are exhibited by the example.

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