Interest in the nature of understanding has swelled among philosophers over the last several years, for a few different reasons.

Some have claimed that in order to make sense of science we need an adequate theory of understanding, because science aims not just to acquire isolated bits of knowledge about the world, but to understand it. An epistemology of science that neglected understanding would therefore be importantly incomplete (Elgin 2006; cf. De Regt, Leonelli, and Eigner 2009).