Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Understanding: the ability to give reasons for a distinction or to justify a selection of options. See also actions, meaning, knowledge.
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Goodman, Nelson
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Understanding IV 35
Understanding/Art/Goodman: In order to understand a work, we do not have to know what properties it has at the moment, but which of them it exemplifies.
IV 152
Similarity/image/Goodman: The thesis of similarity in the image competence is sharing its weakness with a rule theory of language competence: namely, the inability to explain figurative use.
IV 152
Understand a picture, means often to understand what its symbols represent figuratively. Example: If a knight is represented with his dog on the side, the dog typically symbolizes loyalty. We must grasp the literal and the metaphorical meaning.
IV 153
It is also not intuitively apparent that figures on Egyptian paintings represent generally. The difference between the general and the particular and the way in which this difference is converted picturally, are things that must be learned.
IV 160
1. The belief that it is about all or nothing when understanding a symbol.
2. That there is a single, uniquely correct interpretation for each symbol.
However, understanding allows gradations.
No rules guarantee that a correct interpretation can be achieved. Recipes do not exist.

N. Goodman
Weisen der Welterzeugung Frankfurt 1984

N. Goodman
Tatsache Fiktion Voraussage Frankfurt 1988

N. Goodman
Sprachen der Kunst Frankfurt 1997

N. Goodman/K. Elgin
Revisionen Frankfurt 1989

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-26