Technê and Understanding

National Taiwan University Philosophical Review 47:39-60 (2014)
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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.

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Cheng-hung Tsai
Academia Sinica, Taiwan


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