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Knowing and understanding

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Understanding, and particularly the link between understanding and explanations, has long been of interest to philosophers of science. More recently, epistemologists have discovered understanding; focussing particularly on the relationship between understanding and knowledge. The aim of this paper is to argue, against the received wisdom in epistemology, that understanding p is identical to knowing p. More precisely, I try to develop a view on which understanding is a way of knowing. I then draw out some implications for how explanation fits into the picture.

This talk is part of the CamPoS (Cambridge Philosophy of Science) seminar series.

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