Here you can read about some of what I've been thinking and writing. (Publication titles are poorly-colored hyperlinks.)
Publications on Understanding
Wilkenfeld, Daniel A. Forthcoming. "Understanding as Compression," Philosophical Studies.
———. 2017. “MUDdy Understanding.” Synthese 194 (4): 1273–93.
———. 2016. “Understanding without Believing.” In Explaining Understanding: New Perspectives from Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, edited by Stephen R. Grimm, Christoph Baumberger, and Sabine Ammon. New York: Routledge.
———.2013. “Understanding as Representation Manipulability.” Synthese 190 (6): 997–1016.
Wilkenfeld, Daniel A., and Jennifer K. Hellmann. 2014. “Understanding beyond Grasping Propositions: A Discussion of Chess and Fish.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 48: 46–51.
Wilkenfeld, Daniel A., and Christa M. Johnson. Forthcoming. "Understanding for Hire." Journal for General Philosophy of Science.
Wilkenfeld, Daniel A., Dillon Plunkett, and Tania Lombrozo. 2018. “Folk Attributions of Understanding: Is There a Role for Epistemic Luck?” Episteme 15 (1): 24-49.
———. 2016. “Depth and Deference: When and Why We Attribute Understanding.” Philosophical Studies 173 (2): 373–393.
Publications on Explanation
Wilkenfeld, Daniel A. 2014. “Functional Explaining: A New Approach to the Philosophy of Explanation.” Synthese 191 (14): 3367–3391.
Wilkenfeld, Daniel A. and Tania Lombrozo. Forthcoming. "Explanation Classification Depends on Understanding: Extending the Epistemic Side-Effect Effect." Synthese.
Giffin, Carly, Daniel A. Wilkenfeld, and Tania Lombrozo. 2018. "The Explanatory Effect of a Label: Explanations with Named Categories are More Satisfying." Cognition 168: 357-369.
Vasilyeva, Nadya, Daniel A. Wilkenfeld, and Tania Lombrozo. 2017. “Contextual Utility Affects the Perceived Quality of Explanations.” Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 24: 1436-1450.
Wilkenfeld, Daniel A. Forthcoming. “Living with Autism: Quus-ing in a Plus-ers World.” Res Philosophica.
Publications on Disability
Publications on Transformative Experience
Wilkenfeld, Daniel A., and Tania Lombrozo. 2015. “Inference to the Best Explanation (IBE) versus Explaining for the Best Inference (EBI).” Science & Education 24 (9–10): 1059–1077.
Lombrozo, T., and Daniel A. Wilkenfeld. Forthcoming. "Mechanistic vs. Functional Understanding." In Varieties of Understanding: New Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology, edited by Stephen R. Grimm. New York: Oxford University Press.
Publication on Explanation and Learning
“Abstracting Structural Explanations”
“Authentic MDMA Highs”
“Did he Hallucinate Because he has Scizophrena? The Explanatory Power of Mental Disorder Categories“ (co-authored with J. Gleason and T. Lombrozo)
“Evidence and Accuracy in Transformative Decisions”
“Meta-Transformative Experiences and the Daredevil Effect”
“Moral Understanding and Moral Illusions”
"Objectually Understanding Informed Consent"
Works in Progress/Under Review: Ask for Drafts!
Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Science (co-editing with Richard Samuels. (Under contract with Bloomsbury Press)
Simple Understanding: Understanding, Explanation, and How We Think About the World. (Under contract with Synthese Library)