The Nature of Scientific Thinking

On Interpretation, Explanation, and Understanding

  • Jan Faye

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  13. Back Matter
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About this book


Scientific thinking must be understood as an activity. The acts of interpretation, representation, and explanation are the cognitive processes by which scientific thinking leads to understanding. The book explores the nature of these processes and describes how scientific thinking can only be grasped from a pragmatic perspective.


English literature interpret knowledge literature nation nature pluralism pragmatics rhetoric understanding

Authors and affiliations

  • Jan Faye
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  1. 1.Department of Media, Cognition and CommunicationUniversity of CopenhagenDenmark

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