Thursday, April 01, 2004

Epistemology, Six distinctions of knowledge

Mental versus nonmental conceptions of knowledge. Philosophers have asked whether knowledge is a state of mind, i.e., a special kind of awareness of things. That it is has been argued by philosophers since at least the 5th century BC. In The Republic Plato provided the first extensive account of such a view. He regarded knowing as a mental faculty, akin to but different from

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