The mark of understanding: In defense of an ability account

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Abstract

Understanding is a valued trait in any epistemic practice, scientific or not. Yet, when it comes to characterizing its nature, the notion has not received the philosophical attention it deserves. We have set ourselves three tasks in this paper. First, we defend the importance of this endeavor. Second, we consider and criticize a number of proposals to this effect. Third, we defend an alternative account, focusing on abilities as the proper mark of understanding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-648
Number of pages30
JournalAxiomathes
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

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