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Friday, 22 October 2010
Understanding and Explanatory Value
Kareem Khalifa
Visiting Scholar (CPS)
Middlebury College
12:05 pm, 817R Cathedral of Learning

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Abstract:  Recently, philosophers of science have claimed that:  (1) there is a concept of understanding that is not reducible to explanation, and (2) this concept illuminates what is valuable about explanation.  These proposals include that understanding is a goal of explanation; that understanding is a benefit of explanation; and that understanding is a necessary means to explanation.  I argue that none of these three proposals satisfy the two aforementioned conditions. Nevertheless, their failures are instructive in telling us what understanding is—and is not.

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