Issue 47, March 2014
Technê and Understanding
How can we acquire understanding? Linda Zagzebski has long claimed that understanding is acquired through, or arises from, mastering a particular practical
technê. In this paper, I explicate Zagzebski’s claim and argue that the claim is problematic. Based on a critical examination of Zagzebski’s claim, I propose, in
conclusion and in brief, a new claim regarding the acquisition of understanding.