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True enough

Catherine Z. Elgin 1948- author.


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  • Title:
    True enough
  • Author: Catherine Z. Elgin 1948- author.
  • Description: Reconfiguring the realm -- Distancing from truth -- From knowledge to understanding -- The fabric of understanding -- Epistemic normativity -- Intellectual integrity -- Objectivity : a bulwark against bias -- Irreconcilable differences -- Exemplification in understanding -- Embodied understanding -- Casting in bold relief -- Chekhov's gun -- Borders and crossings -- Fallibility's payoff.
    The development of an epistemology that explains how science and art embody and convey understanding.Philosophy valorizes truth, holding that there can never be epistemically good reasons to accept a known falsehood, or to accept modes of justification that are not truth conducive. How can this stance account for the epistemic standing of science, which unabashedly relies on models, idealizations, and thought experiments that are known not to be true? In True Enough, Catherine Elgin argues that we should not assume that the inaccuracy of models and idealizations constitutes an inadequacy. To the contrary, their divergence from truth or representational accuracy fosters their epistemic functioning. When effective, models and idealizations are, Elgin contends, felicitous falsehoods that exemplify features of the phenomena they bear on. Because works of art deploy the same sorts of felicitous falsehoods, she argues, they also advance understanding. Elgin develops a holistic epistemology that focuses on the understanding of broad ranges of phenomena rather than knowledge of individual facts. Epistemic acceptability, she maintains, is a matter not of truth-conduciveness, but of what would be reflectively endorsed by the members of an idealized epistemic communitya quasi-Kantian realm of epistemic ends.
  • Local Note: acq2019phl
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press
  • Format: xi, 337 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Identifier: ISBN 9780262036535;ISBN 0262036533
  • Subjects: Knowledge, Theory of; Comprehension; Science -- Philosophy; Arts -- Philosophy; Arts -- Philosophy; Comprehension; Knowledge, Theory of; Science -- Philosophy; Erkenntnistheorie; Wissenschaftsphilosophie; Experiment; Modell; Wahrheit
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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