Scientific understanding

Peter Kosso

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Knowledge of many facts does not amount to understanding unless one also has a sense of how the facts fit together. This aspect of coherence among scientific observations and theories is usually overlooked in summaries of scientific method, since the emphasis is on justification and verification rather than on understanding. I argue that the inter-theoretic coherence, as the hallmark of understanding, is an essential and informative component of any accurate description of science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-188
Number of pages16
JournalFoundations of Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2007


  • Coherence
  • Scientific method
  • Scientific understanding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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