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The doxastic requirement of scientific explanation and understanding

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Title
The doxastic requirement of scientific explanation and understanding
Author
Park, Seungbae
Issue Date
2014-11
Publisher
SOC ADVANCEMENT PHILOSOPHY-ZAGREB
Citation
PROLEGOMENA, v.13, no.2, pp.279 - 290
Abstract
Van Fraassen (1980) and Winther (2009) claim that we can explain phenomena in terms of scientific theories without believing that they are true. I argue that we ought to believe that they are true in order to use them to explain and understand phenomena. A scientific antirealist who believes that scientific theories are merely empirically adequate cannot use them to explain or to understand phenomena.The mere belief that they are empirically adequate produces neither explanation nor understanding of phenomena. Explanation and understanding are the benefits of science only a scientific realist is entitled to.
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https://scholarworks.unist.ac.kr/handle/201301/9321
ISSN
1333-4395
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