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UNDERSTANDING AND EXPLAINING (pages 413-428)

Submitted by logos on Sun, 09/30/2012 - 08:23
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UNDERSTANDING AND EXPLAINING (pages 413-428)

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Jasper DOOMEN

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DOOMEN

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ABSTRACT: The quest to provide a fundamental understanding and explanation of reality is an ambitious one. Perhaps it is too ambitious. The possible restrictions for such an enterprise to be successful must be inquired in order to determine the issue. Section 1 explores one’s understanding in reaching (scientific) conclusions: to what extent does a successful account testify to understanding? Section 2 focuses on the other side of such an account: does it provide an explanation in a more fundamental sense than pointing out causes of phenomena, or is it restricted to such a task? A critical attitude vis-à-vis the (scientific) enterprise of unearthing reality’s structure remains necessary in order not to confuse a consistent and productive theory with one that demonstrates an understanding and explanation in the sense of this article.

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9

IS THERE PROPOSITIONAL UNDERSTANDING? (pages 181-192)

Submitted by logos on Wed, 06/27/2012 - 14:49
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IS THERE PROPOSITIONAL UNDERSTANDING? (pages 181-192)

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article
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Emma C. GORDON

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GORDON

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ABSTRACT: Literature in epistemology tends to suppose that there are three main types of understanding – propositional, atomistic, and objectual. By showing that all apparent instances of propositional understanding can be more plausibly explained as featuring one of several other epistemic states, this paper argues that talk of propositional understanding is unhelpful and misleading. The upshot is that epistemologists can do without the notion of propositional understanding. 

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8
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EXPLANATION THROUGH SCIENTIFIC MODELS: REFRAMING THE EXPLANATION TOPIC (pages 177-189)

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article
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Richard DAVID-RUS

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DAVID-RUS

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ABSTRACT: Once a central topic of philosophy of science, scientific explanation attracted less attention in the last two decades. My aim in this paper is to argue for a new sort of approach towards scientific explanation. In a first step I propose a classification of different approaches through a set of dichotomic characteristics. Taken into account the tendencies in actual philosophy of science I see a local, dynamic and non-theory driven approach as a plausible one. Considering models as bearers of explanations will provide a proper frame for such an approach. In the second part I make some suggestions for a working agenda that will further articulate a sketchy account of explanation through models proposed by Hartmann and Frigg.

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