Knowledge as a Mental Episode

Bimal Krishna Matilal

in Perception

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239765
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680014 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Knowledge as a Mental Episode

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Perception yields knowledge. More generally, perception, in the sense of ‘sensing’, is regarded as an important source of knowledge. Or, to put it in the Indian terminology, it is a primary ‘means’ of knowing. One cannot get a clear idea of perception in the Indian context unless one is sure as to what counts as knowledge or a knowing event in traditional Indian philosophy. This chapter tries to introduce the notion of a knowing event. This leads to discussion of many issues related to the notion of a mental event, for a knowing event is treated here as a species of mental event. The discussion looks at doubting, mental acts, mental episodes, intentionality, psychologism, and logical theories.

Keywords: doubting; mental episode; mental acts; intentionality; psychologism; perception

Chapter.  18713 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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