Single Idea 19265

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 2. Understanding]

Full Idea

Is it possible for an individual to possess objectual understanding without knowing they possess the objectual understanding?

Gist of Idea

Can you possess objective understanding without realising it?


Anand Vaidya (Understanding and Essence [2010], 'Objections')

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophia' [-], p.828

A Reaction

Hm. A nice new question to loose sleep over. We can't demand a regress of meta-understandings, so at some point you just understand. Birds understand nests. Equivalent: can you understand P, but can't explain P? Skilled, but inarticulate.

Related Idea

Idea 19261 Understanding is seeing coherent relationships in the relevant information [Kvanvig]