Why Pursue Unification? A Social-Epistemological Puzzle

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Published Nov 12, 2015
Randall Harp Kareem Khalifa

Abstract

Many have argued that unified theories ought to be pursued wherever possible. We deny this on the basis of social-epistemological and game-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.

How to Cite

Harp, R., & Khalifa, K. (2015). Why Pursue Unification? A Social-Epistemological Puzzle. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 30(3), 431–447. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.12647
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Keywords

unification, social epistemology, game theory, science, theory pursuit

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