Ideas of Michael Strevens, by Theme

[American, fl. 2011, Professor at New York University.]

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11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 2. Understanding
Scientific understanding is always the grasping of a correct explanation
We may 'understand that' the cat is on the mat, but not at all 'understand why' it is there
Understanding is a precondition, comes in degrees, is active, and holistic - unlike explanation