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Concerning Multiple Context-Dependence, Uncertainty, and Understanding

Ryoo, Hong Joo (2024) Concerning Multiple Context-Dependence, Uncertainty, and Understanding. [Preprint]


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Recent discourse in the philosophy of scientific explanation involves an account known as the Kairetic account. I proposed implementing a complementarity view involving a mapping scheme to the Kairetic account and similar models. There are two natural concerns related to this mapping. The first concern is the treatment of multiple mappings required for an explanation: phenomena may involve two complementarity features. The second concern is regarding the acquisition of understanding and whether context-dependence facilitates understanding. This article aims to address the first thought through an example involving interference and photon detectors in a telescope. I claim that context-dependent mapping is on a particle basis, accommodating the wave-particle duality for every single particle without generalization. I further introduce the implications of mathematical developments of a complementarity relation grounded in the uncertainty principle. In addition, I will offer the stance that context-dependence facilitates understanding because it ensures that explanations are logically consistent, precise, relevant, and comprehensive.

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Item Type: Preprint
Ryoo, Hong Joolyuhongju1@berkeley.edu0000-0002-4032-0215
Additional Information: Companion article to graduate seminar paper
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Hong Joo Ryoo
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2024 00:27
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2024 00:27
Item ID: 23535
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.13140/RG.2.2.26810.40645
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Date: May 2024

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