J Gen Philos Sci (2018) 49:451–459 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10838-018-9419-y DI SCUSSION Scientiﬁc Progress, Understanding, and Knowledge: Reply to Park Finnur Dellsen Published online: 28 May 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Dellsen(2016) has recently argued for an understanding-based account of sci- entiﬁc progress, the noetic account, according to which science (or a particular scientiﬁc discipline) makes cognitive progress precisely when it increases our understanding of some aspect of the world. I contrast this account with Bird’s (2007, 2015); epistemic account, according to which such progress is made precisely when our knowledge of the world is increased or accumulated. In a recent paper, Park (2017) criticizes various aspects of my account and his arguments in favor of the noetic account as against Bird’s epistemic account. This paper responds to Park’s objections. An important upshot of the paper is that we should distinguish between episodes that constitute and promote scientiﬁc progress, and evaluate account of scientiﬁc progress in terms of how they classify different episodes with respect to these categories. Keywords Scientiﬁc progress Understanding Knowledge The noetic account 1 Introduction I (Dellse ´n 2016) have recently argued for an understanding-based account of scientiﬁc progress, the
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