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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McDowell, John
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Understanding I 98f
Understanding/McDowell: the distinction between two types of intelligibility distinguishes two kinds of terms, but not of objects.
I 123
Natural laws/Nature/Understanding/Hume: Nature cannot be understood in terms of meaning, nor in terms of a law.
I 123
Natural laws/Nature/Understanding/KantVsHume: regains the comprehensibility of the natural laws, but not the comprehensibility of the meaning.
Nature is the domain of natural laws, and therefore without any meaning.
The empirical world, however, is not outside the concepts.
I 136
Natural laws/meaning: mandatory rules do not have to be known.
Understanding/McDowell: must also play a role where it is a matter of grasping mere events without all meaning.
Understanding/comprehensibility/modernity/today/McDowell: the field of comprehensibility is the realm of natural laws - albeit without meaning.
We can, however, refuse to equate this area of comprehensibility with nature, and even more so with what is real.
I 140
Experience/Content/Understanding/McDowell: Empirical content is only understandable in a context that allows us to make the direct rational control of the mind through the world itself insightful.
I 140
It is impossible for a fact to exert an impression on a person that perceives.
However, the image of openness to the world brings the idea of direct access to the facts. Only that we cannot be certain in any case that it is not a deception.
Understanding/McDowell: understanding your own utterances: ability to know what a theoretical description of this ability would do - knowing truths conditions - not truth! - Even in sentences which are not decidable by means of evidence - but this does not mean that the truth condition for each sentence either exists or does not exist, even if we cannot say that it exists or does not exist.

J. McDowell
Geist und Welt Frankfurt 2001

G. Evans/J. McDowell
Truth and Meaning Oxford 1977

Ev I
G. Evans
The Varieties of Reference (Clarendon Paperbacks) Oxford 1989

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-28