Scientific Understanding: Philosophical Perspectives

Published by University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN 10: 0822962799 / ISBN 13: 9780822962793
Used / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. We've listed similar copies below.

Description:

Examines the essential role of understanding in the scientific process, through three key topics: understanding and explanation, understanding and models, and understanding in scientific practice. Editor(s): Leonelli, Sabina; Eigner, Kai; Regt, Henk W. de. Num Pages: 368 pages. BIC Classification: PDA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 152 x 228 x 20. Weight in Grams: 512. . 2013. 1st Edition. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Book ratings provided by Goodreads:
3 avg rating
(1 ratings)

Synopsis: To most scientists, and to those interested in the sciences, understanding is the ultimate aim of scientific endeavor. In spite of this, understanding, and how it is achieved, has received little attention in recent philosophy of science. Scientific Understanding seeks to reverse this trend by providing original and in-depth accounts of the concept of understanding and its essential role in the scientific process. To this end, the chapters in this volume explore and develop three key topics: understanding and explanation, understanding and models, and understanding in scientific practice.

Earlier philosophers, such as Carl Hempel, dismissed understanding as subjective and pragmatic. They believed that the essence of science was to be found in scientific theories and explanations. In Scientific Understanding, the contributors maintain that we must also consider the relation between explanations and the scientists who construct and use them. They focus on understanding as the cognitive state that is a goal of explanation and on the understanding of theories and models as a means to this end.

The chapters in this book highlight the multifaceted nature of the process of scientific research. The contributors examine current uses of theory, models, simulations, and experiments to evaluate the degree to which these elements contribute to understanding. Their analyses pay due attention to the roles of intelligibility, tacit knowledge, and feelings of understanding. Furthermore, they investigate how understanding is obtained within diverse scientific disciplines and examine how the acquisition of understanding depends on specific contexts, the objects of study, and the stated aims of research.

About the Author: Henk de Regt is a philosophy lecturer at VU University Amsterdam. He has published on the history and philosophy of science, with a focus on scientific explanation and understanding. He is co-founder of the European Philosophy of Science Association and of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice.

Sabina Leonelli is a research fellow of the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis) at the University of Exeter, UK. She investigates philosophical issues in relation to bioinformatics and model organism research in the biomedical sciences.

Kai Eigner teaches philosophy of science at VU University Amsterdam. His research focuses on scientific understanding in the behavioral and cognitive sciences.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: Scientific Understanding: Philosophical ...
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Book Condition: New

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Published by University of Chicago press
ISBN 10: 0822962799 ISBN 13: 9780822962793
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago press. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0822962799

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
21.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 14.05
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Published by University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN 10: 0822962799 ISBN 13: 9780822962793
Used PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Pittsburgh Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Very Good. 0822962799 Crisp, clean, unread book with some shelfwear and a remainder mark to one edge - NICE. Bookseller Inventory # Z0822962799Z2

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
27.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 18.73
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Published by University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN 10: 0822962799 ISBN 13: 9780822962793
Used PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Pittsburgh Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Good. 0822962799 Bumped and creased book with tears to the extremities, but not affecting the text block and a remainder mark to one edge - Good. Bookseller Inventory # Z0822962799Z3

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
27.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 18.73
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Published by University of Pittsburgh Press, United States (2013)
ISBN 10: 0822962799 ISBN 13: 9780822962793
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Pittsburgh Press, United States, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 226 x 152 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. To most scientists, and to those interested in the sciences, understanding is the ultimate aim of scientific endeavour. In spite of this, understanding, and how it is achieved, has received little attention in recent philosophy of science. Scientific Understanding seeks to reverse this trend by providing original and in-depth accounts of the concept of understanding and its essential role in the scientific process. To this end, the chapters in this volume explore and develop three key topics: understanding and explanation, understanding and models, and understanding in scientific practice. Earlier philosophers, such as Carl Hempel, dismissed understanding as subjective and pragmatic. They believed that the essence of science was to be found in scientific theories and explanations. In Scientific Understanding, the contributors maintain that we must also consider the relation between explanations and the scientists who construct and use them. They focus on understanding as the cognitive state that is a goal of explanation and on the understanding of theories and models as a means to this end. The chapters in this book highlight the multifaceted nature of the process of scientific research. The contributors examine current uses of theory, models, simulations, and experiments to evaluate the degree to which these elements contribute to understanding. Their analyses pay due attention to the roles of intelligibility, tacit knowledge, and feelings of understanding. Furthermore, they investigate how understanding is obtained within diverse scientific disciplines and examine how the acquisition of understanding depends on specific contexts, the objects of study, and the stated aims of research. Bookseller Inventory # AAW9780822962793

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
35.47
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Published by University of Pittsburgh Press, United States (2013)
ISBN 10: 0822962799 ISBN 13: 9780822962793
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Pittsburgh Press, United States, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 226 x 152 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. To most scientists, and to those interested in the sciences, understanding is the ultimate aim of scientific endeavour. In spite of this, understanding, and how it is achieved, has received little attention in recent philosophy of science. Scientific Understanding seeks to reverse this trend by providing original and in-depth accounts of the concept of understanding and its essential role in the scientific process. To this end, the chapters in this volume explore and develop three key topics: understanding and explanation, understanding and models, and understanding in scientific practice. Earlier philosophers, such as Carl Hempel, dismissed understanding as subjective and pragmatic. They believed that the essence of science was to be found in scientific theories and explanations. In Scientific Understanding, the contributors maintain that we must also consider the relation between explanations and the scientists who construct and use them. They focus on understanding as the cognitive state that is a goal of explanation and on the understanding of theories and models as a means to this end. The chapters in this book highlight the multifaceted nature of the process of scientific research. The contributors examine current uses of theory, models, simulations, and experiments to evaluate the degree to which these elements contribute to understanding. Their analyses pay due attention to the roles of intelligibility, tacit knowledge, and feelings of understanding. Furthermore, they investigate how understanding is obtained within diverse scientific disciplines and examine how the acquisition of understanding depends on specific contexts, the objects of study, and the stated aims of research. Bookseller Inventory # AAW9780822962793

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
37.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Published by University of Pittsburgh Press (2013)
ISBN 10: 0822962799 ISBN 13: 9780822962793
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0822962799

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
40.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.15
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

De Regt, Henk W. (Editor)/ Leonelli, Sabina (Editor)/ Eigner, Kai (Editor)
Published by Univ of Pittsburgh Pr (2013)
ISBN 10: 0822962799 ISBN 13: 9780822962793
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ of Pittsburgh Pr, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 368 pages. 9.25x6.25x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0822962799

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
51.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.75
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

ISBN 10: 0822962799 ISBN 13: 9780822962793
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97808229627933.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
54.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 19.51
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

University of Pittsburgh Press
Published by University of Pittsburgh Press (2013)
ISBN 10: 0822962799 ISBN 13: 9780822962793
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Bookseller Inventory # 0822962799

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
102.20
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 31.21
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds