Making Sense of the World: New Essays on the Philosophy of Understanding

ISBN : 9780190469863

Stephen R. Grimm
272 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Dec 2017
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Making Sense of the World offers original work on the nature of understanding by a range of distinguished philosophers. Although some of the essays are by scholars well known for their work on understanding, many of the essays bring entirely new figures to the discussion.

The main purpose of the volume is twofold: to advance debates in epistemology and the philosophy of science, where work on understanding has recently flourished, and to jumpstart new questions and debates about understanding in other areas of philosophy, such as aesthetics, ethics, and the philosophy of religion.


1. Introduction
Stephen R. Grimm (Fordham University)
2. The Unity of Understanding
John Bengson (University of Wisconsin)
3. Understanding Persons & The Problem of Power
Remy Debes (University of Memphis)
4. Religious Understanding, Naturalism, and Desire
Fiona Ellis (Heythrop College, University of London)
5. Philosophy, Knowledge, and Understanding
Gordon Graham (Princeton Theological Seminary)
6. The Ethics of Understanding
Stephen R. Grimm (Fordham University)
7. Understanding and Structure
Allan Hazlett (University of Edinburgh)
8. Aesthetic Understanding
Alison Hills (University of Oxford)
9. Why (Study) the Humanities? The View from Science
Jenann Ismael (University of Arizona)
10. Understanding and Coming to Understand
Michael Lynch (University of Connecticut)
11. Against Understanding (as a Condition on Explanation)
Bradford Skow (MIT)
12. Understanding and Fluency
J. D. Trout (Loyola University, Chicago)

About the author: 

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University

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