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Understanding Scientific Understanding

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2017.12.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Henk W. de Regt, Understanding Scientific Understanding, Oxford University Press, 2017, 301pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN: 9780190652913. Reviewed by Kareem Khalifa, Middlebury College The sciences seek to enhance our understanding of empirical phenomena. But what does this understanding involve? Arguably, Henk de Regt is the foremost philosopher of science to have underscored this question's importance. So, this book -- which creatively synthesizes two decades of his work into an elegant and provocative account of scientific understanding -- is a much anticipated and welcome addition to the literature. De Regt's book makes two central claims. First, the aims of science require intelligible theories (Chapter 2). De Regt argues as follows: (P1) providing correct explanations is an epistemic aim of science; (P2) correct explanations require scientists to use intelligible theories; so, (C) the epistemic aims of. . .

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