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Should Friends and Frenemies of Understanding be Friends? Discussing de Regt

Khalifa, Kareem (2023) Should Friends and Frenemies of Understanding be Friends? Discussing de Regt. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In earlier work, I criticized de Regt’s contextual theory of understanding, and advertised the advantages of my own, knowledge-based account. Using the early history of the standard model in particle physics as an illustration, I instead consider the benefits of unifying these two accounts of understanding. I argue that de Regt’s account substantially improves my own account of explanatory consideration, and that my account of explanatory comparison substantially improves upon his account of explanatory evaluation. De Regt and my apparent disagreement about the so-called factivity of understanding is defused through a voluntaristic approach to the scientific realism debates.


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Item Type: Preprint
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Khalifa, Kareem0000-0001-7654-7684
Keywords: understanding, explanation, truth, epistemology, knowledge, factive, realism, voluntarism
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Kareem Khalifa
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2022 19:51
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2022 19:51
Item ID: 20925
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2023
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20925

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