The Importance of Scientific Understanding

Wesley C. Salmon

in Causality and Explanation

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780195108644
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833627 | DOI:
The Importance of Scientific Understanding

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Outlines many different types of human understanding, and shows how scientific explanations enable us to understand the universe in which we live. It reflects on the great increases in scientific understanding during the past century, and exhibits the value of such understanding as we move into the twenty‐first century. The author recognizes the serious issues concerning values that face humanity at this time, and does not believe that science alone can solve these problems. He argues nevertheless that increased scientific understanding can furnish the information we all need to formulate a responsible social policy.

Keywords: policy; science; scientific understanding; social policy; understanding; values

Chapter.  6236 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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