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Single Idea 9091

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 1. Knowledge]

Full Idea

Sometimes 'knowledge' means evident cognition of the conclusion alone, sometimes of the demonstration as a whole.

Gist of Idea

Sometimes 'knowledge' just concerns the conclusion, sometimes the whole demonstration


William of Ockham (Expositio super viii libros [1340], Prologue)

Book Reference

Ockham,William of: 'Ockham's Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. Boehner,P [Hackett 1990], p.5

A Reaction

'Demonstration' will be something like Greek 'logos' - full understanding, ability to explain and give reasons. William is certainly right about normal usage. I know the answer in a quiz, without any requirement for justifications.