The Reasoner

TitleTwo problems for the contextual theory of scienitfic understanding
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsWeber, E
JournalThe Reasoner
Volume6
Number4
Pagination60–62
ISSN1757-0522
Abstract

In this paper I argue that the contextual theory of scientific understanding as developed by Henk De Regt and Dennis Dieks (2005: “A Contextual Approach to Scientific Understanding”, Synthese 144, 137–170) and further developed by Henk De Regt (2009: “The Epistemic Value of Understanding”, Philosophy of Science 76: 585–597) is not contextual in one crucial respect: the meaning of understanding. I also argue that its scope needs to be restricted: it cannot be a theory of scientific understanding in general.

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