|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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Understanding/McGinn: E.g. steam engines are not inconceivable, if the possible world in which they exist, happens to contain no living beings with the intellectual ability to understand their function.
Reality/knowledge/reality/McGinn: the knowledge of the world - including the components that cause humans a philosophical headache - is like from one cast. Where knowledge is attainable, it forms a coherent net of understanding. There is no philosophical knowledge on the one hand and scientific knowledge on the other.
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