Scientific Understanding, Fictional Understanding, and Scientific Progress


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Seungbae Park
Ulsan National Institute Of Science And Technology
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The epistemic account and the noetic account hold that the essence of scientific progress is the increase in knowledge and understanding, respectively. Dellsén (2018) criticizes the epistemic account (Park, 2017a) and defends the noetic account (Dellsén, 2016). I argue that Dellsén’s criticisms against the epistemic account fail, and that his notion of understanding, which he claims requires neither belief nor justification, cannot explain scientific progress, although it can explain fictional progress in science-fiction.
Keywords Cognitive Episodes  Means-End Thesis  Non-Cognitive Episode  Restriction Thesis
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DOI 10.1007/s10838-019-09480-8
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