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Scientific progress: Knowledge versus understanding.
  • Finnur Dellsén
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Studies in history and philosophy of science
  • 1 April 2016
What is scientific progress? On Alexander Bird's epistemic account of scientific progress, an episode in science is progressive precisely when there is more scientific knowledge at the end of theExpand
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Scientific Progress, Understanding, and Knowledge: Reply to Park
Dellsén (2016) has recently argued for an understanding-based account of scientific progress, the noetic account, according to which science (or a particular scientific discipline) makes cognitiveExpand
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Scientific Realism in the Wild: An Empirical Study of Seven Sciences and History and Philosophy of Science
We report the results of a study that investigated the views of researchers working in seven scientific disciplines and in history and philosophy of science in regard to four hypothesized dimensionsExpand
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Promotion as contrastive increase in expected fit
What is required for an action to promote the satisfaction of a desire? We reject extant answers and propose an alternative. Our account differs from competing answers in two ways: first, it isExpand
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Realism and the absence of rivals
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This paper defends a version of scientific realism against what is perhaps the most influential recent argument of this sort, viz. Expand
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Understanding without Justification or Belief
In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest among epistemologists in the nature of understanding, with some authors arguing that understanding should replace knowledge as the primaryExpand
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The epistemic value of expert autonomy
According to an influential Enlightenment ideal, one shouldn't rely epistemically on other people's say-so, at least not if one is in a position to evaluate the relevant evidence for oneself.Expand
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Divergent Perspectives on Expert Disagreement: Preliminary Evidence from Climate Science, Climate Policy, Astrophysics, and Public Opinion
ABSTRACT We report the results of an exploratory study that examines the judgments of climate scientists, climate policy experts, astrophysicists, and non-experts (N = 3367) about the factors thatExpand
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Explanatory Rivals and the Ultimate Argument
Although many aspects of Inference to the Best Explanation (IBE) have been extensively discussed, very little has so far been said about what it takes for a hypothesis to count as a rival explanatoryExpand
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The heuristic conception of inference to the best explanation
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I present and argue for a heuristic conception of IBE on which IBE serves primarily to locate the most probable available explanatory hypothesis to serve as a working hypothesis in an agent’s further investigations. Expand
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