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Understanding the Progress of Science

McCoy, C.D. (2018) Understanding the Progress of Science. [Preprint]

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Abstract

This paper develops a problem-solving account of scientific progress that takes understanding as the principal epistemic aim of science. It examines a recent paper of Bird's on scientific progress, argues for the primacy of understanding over knowledge in this context, illustrates the account using a Kuhnian picture of science, and defends it against knowledge reductionism.


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Item Type: Preprint
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McCoy, C.D.casey.mccoy@ed.ac.uk0000-0002-7921-4911
Keywords: scientific progress, scientific epistemology, understanding, problem-solving
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr. Casey McCoy
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2018 21:24
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2018 21:24
Item ID: 14754
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 30 May 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14754

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