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

Baumberger, Christoph; Beisbart, Claus; Brun, Georg (2017). What Is Understanding? An Overview of Recent Debates in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science. In: Grimm, Steven R.; Baumberger, Christoph; Ammon, Sabine (eds.) Explaining Understanding. New Perspectives from Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (pp. 1-34). New York: Routledge

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The paper provides a systematic overview of recent debates in epistemology and philosophy of science on the nature of understanding. We explain why philosophers have turned their attention to understanding and discuss conditions for “explanatory” understanding of why something is the case and for “objectual” understanding of a whole subject matter. The most debated conditions for these types of understanding roughly resemble the three traditional conditions for knowledge: truth, justification and belief. We discuss prominent views about how to construe these conditions for understanding, whether understanding indeed requires conditions of all three types and whether additional conditions are needed.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Teaching Staff, Faculty of Humanities
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy > Theoretical Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Beisbart, Claus and Brun, Georg

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 120 Epistemology

ISBN:

978-1-138-92193-1

Publisher:

Routledge

Language:

English

Submitter:

Georg Brun

Date Deposited:

05 Jan 2017 15:40

Last Modified:

30 May 2018 15:15

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/92516

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