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Understanding and Equivalent Reformulations

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Reformulating a scientific theory often leads to a significantly different way of understanding the world. Nevertheless, accounts of both theoretical equivalence and scientific understanding have neglected this important aspect of scientific theorizing. This essay provides a positive account of how reformulating theories changes our understanding. My account simultaneously addresses a serious challenge facing existing accounts of scientific understanding. These accounts have failed to characterize understanding in a way that goes beyond the epistemology of scientific explanation. By focusing on cases where we have differences in understanding without differences in explanation, I show that understanding cannot be reduced to explanation.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Hunt, Joshjoshhunt@umich.edu0000-0001-5150-0388
Keywords: Scientific explanation Scientific understanding Theoretical equivalence Reformulations
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Josh Hunt
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2020 00:19
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2020 00:19
Item ID: 18346
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 31 October 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18346

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