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Getting a Grasp of the Grasping Involved in Understanding
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
Number of Authors: 12018 (English)In: Acta Analytica, ISSN 0353-5150, E-ISSN 1874-6349, Vol. 33, no 3, p. 371-383Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates some epistemic properties that distinguish understanding from knowledge. In particular, the focus is on how to spell out the notion of grasping the relationships between propositions that constitute objectual understanding: what kind of epistemic access is required for grasping to occur and to what extent is the act of grasping voluntary? A modest form of access is suggested as an answer to the first question and a largely negative answer to the second. The worry that my suggestion is too permissive in crediting subjects with understanding is addressed. The results are then finally briefly contrasted to Ernest Sosa's notion of knowing full well where one contrast precisely concerns the voluntary character of the respective epistemic states.

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2018. Vol. 33, no 3, p. 371-383
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-161114DOI: 10.1007/s12136-018-0348-5ISI: 000445437500006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-161114DiVA, id: diva2:1259650
Available from: 2018-10-30 Created: 2018-10-30 Last updated: 2018-10-30Bibliographically approved

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