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A Theory of Understanding - Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives

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A Theory of Understanding provides a philosophical and psychologically grounded account of understanding. The philosophical tradition has been largely concerned with explanation, seeking to provide characteristics by which an explanation can be distinguished from other types of utterances. Chart argues that this is the wrong approach and proposes that anything which improves understanding should be regarded as an explanation. His approach requires a theory of understanding.

Chart proposes a new theory claiming that we understand something when we can predict what it will do under a wide range of possible conditions, and that explanations are statements that improve our understanding. The theory presented sees understanding as a matter of the possession of mental models, which provide the ability to simulate things and situations. The structure of these mental models is described, and suggestions as to the way they might work, and the sorts of utterances that could improve these models, are presented. Experimental evidence drawn from the cognitive science literature shows that this substantive psychological theory is an accurate description of the mind.

There is very slight shelf wear and rubbing to the covers of the book. Internally, the pages are clean and the binding is tight.

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Author(s):
Chart, David
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8.75" by 6.25"
Edition:
2000
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
075461400X
ISBN-13:
9780754614005
Number of pages:
178
Publisher:
Ashgate
Title:
A Theory of Understanding - Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives

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A Theory of Understanding provides a philosophical and psychologically grounded account of understanding. The philosophical tradition has been largely concerned with explanation, seeking to provide characteristics by which an explanation can be distinguished from other types of utterances. Chart argues that this is the wrong approach and proposes that anything which improves understanding should be regarded as an explanation. His approach requires a theory of understanding.

Chart proposes a new theory claiming that we understand something when we can predict what it will do under a wide range of possible conditions, and that explanations are statements that improve our understanding. The theory presented sees understanding as a matter of the possession of mental models, which provide the ability to simulate things and situations. The structure of these mental models is described, and suggestions as to the way they might work, and the sorts of utterances that could improve these models, are presented. Experimental evidence drawn from the cognitive science literature shows that this substantive psychological theory is an accurate description of the mind.

There is very slight shelf wear and rubbing to the covers of the book. Internally, the pages are clean and the binding is tight.

Author(s):
Chart, David
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8.75" by 6.25"
Edition:
2000
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
075461400X
ISBN-13:
9780754614005
Number of pages:
178
Publisher:
Ashgate
Title:
A Theory of Understanding - Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives

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