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True Enough$
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Catherine Z. Elgin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036535

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036535.001.0001

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From Knowledge to Understanding

From Knowledge to Understanding

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(p.33) 3 From Knowledge to Understanding
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True Enough
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Catherine Z. Elgin

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036535.003.0003

In order to accommodate science, epistemology should focus on understanding rather than knowledge. Understanding is holistic and nonfactive. It involves knowing how to reason with, and perhaps how to act on the information supplied by a tenable account. Felicitous falsehoods can figure in the understanding of a topic.

Keywords:   Understanding, knowledge, know how, exemplification, epistemic virtue

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