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Wesley C. Salmon

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195108644

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195108647.001.0001

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The Importance of Scientific Understanding

The Importance of Scientific Understanding

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Causality and Explanation

Wesley C. Salmon

Oxford University Press

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

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