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The Doxastic Requirement of Scientific Explanation and Understanding

Park, Seungbae (2014) The Doxastic Requirement of Scientific Explanation and Understanding.


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Van Fraassen (1980) and Winther (2009) claim that we can explain phenomena in terms of scientific theories without believing that they are true. I argue that we ought to believe that they are true in order to use them to explain and understand phenomena. A scientific antirealist who believes that scientific theories are merely empirically adequate cannot use them to explain or to understand phenomena. The mere belief that they are empirically adequate produces neither explanation nor understanding of phenomena. Explanation and understanding are the benefits of science only a scientific realist is entitled to.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Park, Seungbae
Keywords: Belief, Empirical Adequacy, Explanation, Moore’s Paradox, Truth
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 01:15
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 01:15
Item ID: 15609
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2014

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