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Knowledge as Natural Phenomenon

Hilary Kornblith

in Knowledge and its Place in Nature

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246311
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597862 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246319.003.0002
 						Knowledge as Natural Phenomenon

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Cognitive ethologists regularly attribute intentional states, such as belief, to non‐human animals. More than this, they regularly talk about such animals having knowledge. It is argued that this talk of knowledge is not merely a façon de parler: talk of knowledge in these theories does causal and explanatory work. Knowledge, in this view, is reliably produced true belief. It is argued that this is what we have all been talking about all along when we use the term ‘knowledge’.

Keywords: animal knowledge; cognitive ethology; intentional states; knowledge; reliability

Chapter.  14751 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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