What does it mean to understand something? What types of understanding can be distinguished? Is understanding always provided by explanations? And how is it related to knowledge? Such questions have attracted considerable interest in epistemology recently. These discussions, however, have not yet engaged insights about explanations and theories developed in philosophy of science. Conversely, philosophers of science have debated the nature of explanations and theories, while dismissing understanding as a psychological by-product.

In this book, epistemologists and philosophers of science together address basic questions about the nature of understanding, providing a new overview of the field.  False theories, cognitive bias, transparency, coherency, and other important issues are discussed. Its 15 original chapters are essential reading for researchers and graduate students interested in the current debates about understanding.

chapter 1|34 pages

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

ByChristoph Baumberger, Claus Beisbart, Georg Brun

part I|102 pages

Understanding and the Facts

chapter 2|13 pages

How Idealizations Provide Understanding

ByMichael Strevens

chapter 3|26 pages

How False Theories Can Yield Genuine Understanding

ByW. de Regt Henk, Victor Gijsbers

chapter 4|16 pages

Exemplification in Understanding

ByCatherine Z. Elgin

chapter 5|19 pages

Explaining Understanding, Understanding Knowledge

BySabine Ammon

chapter 6|26 pages

Enlightening Falsehoods

A Modal View of Scientific Understanding
BySoazig Le Bihan

part II|112 pages

Understanding and its Norms

chapter 7|26 pages

Must Understanding be Coherent?

ByKareem Khalifa

chapter 8|25 pages

Dimensions of Objectual Understanding

ByChristoph Baumberger, Georg Brun

chapter 9|22 pages

An Evidentialist Account of Explanatory Understanding

ByMark Newman

chapter 10|18 pages

Understanding and Transparency

ByStephen R. Grimm

chapter 11|19 pages

Satisfying Understanding

ByJohn Greco

part III|86 pages

Understanding and the Epistemic Agent

chapter 12|21 pages

Towards a Knowledge-Based Account of Understanding

ByChristoph Kelp

chapter 13|21 pages

Cognitive Bias, Scepticism and Understanding

ByJ. Adam Carter, Duncan Pritchard

chapter 14|25 pages

Social Epistemology and the Acquisition of Understanding

ByEmma C. Gordon

chapter 15|17 pages

Understanding Without Believing1

ByDaniel A. Wilkenfeld