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Understanding understanding

Author: Richard Mason
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2003.
Series: SUNY series in philosophy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How is understanding to be understood? Are there limits to understanding? What of importance, if anything, could lie beyond understanding? And do we need to understand knowledge before we can know about understanding? Richard Mason's argument is that a critical theory of understanding, modeled on past theories of knowledge, cannot be workable." "Mason's treatment of these problems offers a dialogue with a number of  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Mason
ISBN: 0791458717 9780791458716 0791458725 9780791458723
OCLC Number: 51631672
Description: viii, 132 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: What we understand --
How we understand --
Understanding and knowledge --
Intelligibility --
Failures of understanding --
Beyond understanding --
Wisdom.
Series Title: SUNY series in philosophy.
Responsibility: Richard Mason.

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"How is understanding to be understood? Are there limits to understanding? What of importance, if anything, could lie beyond understanding? And do we need to understand knowledge before we can know about understanding? Richard Mason's argument is that a critical theory of understanding, modeled on past theories of knowledge, cannot be workable." "Mason's treatment of these problems offers a dialogue with a number of contemporary philosophical schools and with philosophy's past. His discussions include the thought of Hume, Henry James, Heidegger, Frege, Charles Taylor, Michael Oakeshott, Wittgenstein, Gadamer, James Joyce, and the Guyaki Indians. This book contributes to the work of many of these traditions as well as to the nature of understanding in areas as diverse as physics, music, and linguistics."--BOOK JACKET.

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