, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 779-781
Date: 27 Jun 2012

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The book is composed of six chapters. In the first introductory chapter, the author presents an overview of his work which he explicitly inscribes within the research program developed by Henk W. de Regt titled “Understanding Scientific Understanding”. Following the historical turn in the philosophy of science inaugurated by the work of Thomas Kuhn, the aim of this program is to “account for the contextual variation of standards of scientific understanding actually employed by scientists” (12). In the second chapter, we are introduced to the notion of “intelligibility” of theories and models, the key-notion in this project, since it is presupposed by all forms of understanding, which is the main aim of science. Thus, intelligibility should be added to the list of the well-known Kuhnian epistemic values of empirical adequacy, consistency, scope, simplicity and fruitfulness. The author acknowledges that intelligibility, along with simplicity, is a pragmatic notion. However, he thinks tha ...