Scientific understanding and epistemic values

H.W. de Regt (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


The understanding that comes with scientific explanation is regarded as one of the central epistemic aims of science. In my book Understanding Scientific Understanding (OUP, 2017) I have argued that scientists achieve understanding of phenomena by basing their explanations on intelligible theories, where intelligibility relates to scientists’ abilities: theories are intelligible if scientists have the skills to use those theories in fruitful ways. In this paper, I address the question of how the aim of understanding relates to other epistemic aims of science, and compare my account of these aims to the views of my co-symposiasts.
Period3 Nov 2018
Event titlePSA Biennial Meeting
Event typeConference
LocationSeattle, United States, Washington
Degree of RecognitionInternational