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Understanding, Explanation, and Scientific Knowledge

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  • Date Published: November 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107195639

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  • From antiquity to the end of the twentieth century, philosophical discussions of understanding remained undeveloped, guided by a 'received view' that takes understanding to be nothing more than knowledge of an explanation. More recently, however, this received view has been criticized, and bold new philosophical proposals about understanding have emerged in its place. In this book, Kareem Khalifa argues that the received view should be revised but not abandoned. In doing so, he clarifies and answers the most central questions in this burgeoning field of philosophical research: what kinds of cognitive abilities are involved in understanding? What is the relationship between the understanding that explanations provide and the understanding that experts have of broader subject matters? Can there be understanding without explanation? How can one understand something on the basis of falsehoods? Is understanding a species of knowledge? What is the value of understanding?

    • Offers the first comprehensive treatment of the central issues concerning understanding in both epistemology and the philosophy of science
    • Clarifies understanding's relationship to ability, explanation, causation, unification, truth, the history of science, idealization, belief, acceptance, knowledge, scientific reasoning, and epistemic value
    • Presents a new perspective on understanding and engages with other prominent accounts, presenting a survey of the field and addressing key debates
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    ‘Kareem Khalifa’s Understanding, Explanation, and Scientific Knowledge is a splendid book, written in a beautiful and accessible style. It provides the ultimate articulation of his account of explanatory understanding that I am sure will be regarded as one of the landmark publications on the topic of scientific understanding.’ Daniel Kostic, Metascience

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107195639
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The philosophy of understanding
    2. An illustration: Bjorken scaling
    3. Understanding and ability
    4. Objectual understanding
    5. Understanding without explanation?
    6. Understanding and true belief
    7. Lucky understanding
    8. The value of understanding.

  • Author

    Kareem Khalifa, Middlebury College, Vermont
    Kareem Khalifa is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Middlebury College, Vermont. He has published a number of articles in philosophy of science, philosophy of social science, and epistemology.

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