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Logos & Episteme

Volume 3, Issue 2, 2012

Emma C. Gordon
Pages 181-192

Is There Propositional Understanding?

Literature in epistemology tends to suppose that there are three main types of understanding – propositional, atomistic, and objectual. By showing that all apparent instances of propositional understanding can be more plausibly explained as featuring one of several other epistemic states, this paper argues that talk of propositional understanding is unhelpful and misleading. The upshot is that epistemologists can do without the notion of propositional understanding.

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