[MaFLa] invitation to a talk on`All Roads Lead to Understanding`by David Weberman - Tuesday, 8 December, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412

Krisztina Biber biberk at ceu.edu
Wed Dec 2 07:20:18 CET 2015


    The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk 
 (as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)
 by
 David Weberman (CEU)
 on
 All Roads Lead to Understanding
  
 Tuesday, 8 December 2015, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412
  
 ABSTRACT
  
 Understanding is a concept largely absent from contemporary
epistemology in which propositional knowledge reigns supreme. I argue
that we should move understanding to center stage. I identify three
different paths to understanding. I begin with some recent analytic
discussions of the value of knowledge and our epistemic goals to show
how understanding has crept up there. I then move to recent debates
concerning know-how. Surprisingly, one finds an appeal to understanding
in certain versions on both sides of the know-how debate, i.e. in both
intellectualists and anti-intellectualists. I’m particularly interested
in what’s been called “radical anti-intellectualism” (Stephen
Hetherington) where understanding is put forth not in name, but in
substance. I push Hetherington’s position on know-how in a certain
direction that takes it close to a Heideggerian conception of
understanding – a conception which is more deeply practical than the
others. I’ll indicate at the end some implications of deep practicalism
for epistemology.
  




Krisztina Biber
Department of Philosophy 
Coordinator
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