Ideas from 'No Understanding without Explanation' by Michael Strevens [2011], by Theme Structure

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11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 2. Understanding
Understanding is a precondition, comes in degrees, is active, and holistic - unlike explanation
Scientific understanding is always the grasping of a correct explanation
We may 'understand that' the cat is on the mat, but not at all 'understand why' it is there