What is Understanding? An Overview of Recent Debates in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science

In Stephen Grimm Christoph Baumberger & Sabine Ammon (eds.), Explaining Understanding: New Perspectives from Epistemolgy and Philosophy of Science. Routledge. pp. 1-34 (2017)
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The paper provides a systematic overview of recent debates in epistemology and philosophy of science on the nature of understanding. We explain why philosophers have turned their attention to understanding and discuss conditions for “explanatory” understanding of why something is the case and for “objectual” understanding of a whole subject matter. The most debated conditions for these types of understanding roughly resemble the three traditional conditions for knowledge: truth, justification and belief. We discuss prominent views about how to construe these conditions for understanding, whether understanding indeed requires conditions of all three types and whether additional conditions are needed.

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Georg Brun
University of Bern
Claus Beisbart
University of Bern
Christoph Baumberger
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

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