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Understanding without explanation: the case is not closed

David-Rus, Richard (2021) Understanding without explanation: the case is not closed. [Preprint]

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This paper takes a stance in the debate on scientific understanding. It claims that the case for a specific type of understanding, understanding without explanation (UWE), is still open, despite some tendencies in the current literature that might suggest otherwise. The paper begins by situating the distinction between explanatory and non-explanatory understanding in the debate on understanding introducing Lipton’s account of UwE. It discusses next the significance of Lipton’s proposals for the debate and argues that Kelp’s interpretation does not exhaust the challenge they pose to any theory of understanding. The paper deals further with the best articulated critique of Lipton’s account provided by Khalifa and reject it as inadequate. It ends by sketching a list of positive reasons that supports a further working agenda on UwE.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: scientific understanding, understanding without explanation
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Richard David_Rus
Date Deposited: 03 May 2021 14:02
Last Modified: 03 May 2021 14:02
Item ID: 18983
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Date: 2021

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