By John Hartland-Swann

First released in 1958, this ebook makes a speciality of the that means, interpretation, and use of the verb ‘to know’. In our day-by-day lives we're usually claiming to understand this or to not be aware of that; and it isn't accordingly remarkable that the verb has performed a huge position in philosophical hypothesis from Plato all the way down to Bertrand Russell. This e-book analyses the various meanings of ‘know’ in its diverse operational roles: figuring out Jones turns out to have a distinct type of common sense from understanding French or from figuring out what to do – and both from figuring out that the earth is around and from understanding the way to learn track. understanding whatever is additionally assorted from simply believing it.

The major goal of this ebook is to explain, in a brand new and unique means, this entire query of the logical behaviour of ‘know’; yet its additional and no less significant function is to teach how, when we have grasped the way convinced key ‘know’-statements functionality, a couple of philosophical disputes can be mentioned extra fruitfully and settled extra expeditiously. a number of the analyses provided can be considered as debatable and may certainly impress dialogue. the fashion is lucid and cost-efficient and technical phrases are lowered to a minimal. This paintings is meant not just for the pro thinker and the collage pupil, but in addition for the final reader who's drawn to the tools of contemporary philosophical analysis.

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