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dc.contributor.authorEl Shazly, Adhamen
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-28T15:16:57Z
dc.date.available2021-01-28T15:16:57Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/28674
dc.description.abstractA platitude about understanding is that it involves grasping. But what is grasping? In this thesis, I develop a novel account of grasping that is rooted in phenomenal consciousness. According to this account, grasping is a matter of having a distinct kind of conscious experience: clear perception. Clear perception has a distinct cognitive phenomenology that characterizes it. Call this the clarity account of grasping. I go on to argue that the dominant view of grasping in the literature, the ability account of grasping, is false. Using the new clarity account, I argue that grasping is not only distinct from the cognitive abilities associated with understanding, but also explanatory prior to them. Finally, I argue that the clarity account implies that understanding cannot be transmitted through testimony, because clear perception cannot be acquired on the basis of testimony. As such, clear perception plays key cognitive and epistemic roles in understanding and coming to understand.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
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dc.subjectunderstandingen
dc.subjectconsciousnessen
dc.subjectepistemologyen
dc.subjectknow-howen
dc.subjectabilitiesen
dc.subjectphenomenologyen
dc.subjectgraspingen
dc.subjecttestimonyen
dc.titleThe Clarity of Understandingen
dc.typethesisen
dc.description.degreeM.A.en
dc.contributor.supervisorPaul, Elliot
dc.contributor.departmentPhilosophyen
dc.degree.grantorQueen's University at Kingstonen


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