[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)
 David Weberman (CEU)
 All Roads Lead to Understanding
 Tuesday, 8 December 2015, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412
 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 

Central European University
Nador u. 9. | 1051 Budapest, Hungary
Office: + 36.1.327.3806 | biberk at ceu.hu | www.ceu.hu 

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