Why Pursue Unification? A Social-Epistemological Puzzle

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.


Keywords


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

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1387/theoria.12647