Daniel A. Wilkenfeld

  • Lecturer

I earned my PhD in Philosophy from The Ohio State University in 2013. From 2014 to 2016 I was a postdoctoral researcher in Tania Lombrozo's cognitive psychology lab at UC Berkeley. Since 2016 I have been a visiting researcher and lecturer in HPS at Pitt, and was a Fellow in the Center for Philosophy of Science in fall of 2017.

I am interested in how people explain and come to understand new subject matters. Understanding and explanation are everywhere, from introductory geology classes to high-end physics classes to art museums to parenting. I want to know what it means to say that a child or a student or anyone comes to understand something, and how we can bring about that understanding (particularly through explanation).