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Understanding Scientific Understanding

Henk W. de Regt

Abstract

This book is about scientific understanding. It is widely acknowledged that a central aim of science is to achieve understanding of the world around us, and that possessing such understanding is highly important in our present-day society. But what does it mean to achieve this understanding? What precisely is scientific understanding? These are philosophical questions that have not yet received satisfactory answers. While there has been an ongoing debate about the nature of scientific explanation since Carl Hempel advanced his covering law model in 1948, the related notion of understanding has ... More

Keywords: understanding, explanation, intelligibility, science, philosophy of science, history of science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190652913
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190652913.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henk W. de Regt, author
Professor of Philosophy of Science at the Department of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam