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Single Idea 16814

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 2. Understanding]

Full Idea

On the causal model of explanation, understanding is unmysterious and objective; it is not some sort of super-knowledge, but simply more knowledge; knowledge of causes.

Gist of Idea

Understanding is not mysterious - it is just more knowledge, of causes


Peter Lipton (Inference to the Best Explanation (2nd) [2004], 03 'Fact')

Book Reference

Lipton,Peter: 'Inference to the Best Explanation (2nd ed)' [Routledge 2004], p.30

A Reaction

There seems to be some distinction between revealing some causes, and revealing a cause which 'makes the light dawn'.