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The ultimate articulation of the account of explanatory understanding

Khalifa, Kareem: Understanding, explanation, and scientific knowledge, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 262 pp, £75 HB
  • Daniel KosticEmail author
Book Review

Kareem Khalifa’s Understanding, Explanation, and Scientific Knowledge is a splendid book, written in a beautiful and accessible style. It provides the ultimate articulation of his account of explanatory understanding that I am sure will be regarded as one of the landmark publications on the topic of scientific understanding. Many of the central questions regarding scientific understanding are treated from different perspectives in the book. Such questions are: Does understanding require explanations? Must it consist of mostly true information? Is it a species of knowledge?

I cannot do justice to all the intricate details of Khalifa’s arguments in a short piece like this, so I will focus on discussing his main line of argument and some of the most salient questions that are addressed in the book, instead of summarizing and commenting on each chapter.

Two of the most prominent features of his approach that will place this book as one of the most comprehensive works on the topic of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity Bordeaux Montaigne/SPH - Sciences, Philosophie, Humanité, University of BordeauxBordeauxFrance
  2. 2.IHPST (CNRS/University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)ParisFrance

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