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Rational Understanding
From Explanation to Knowledge

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ISBN 9781032348773
March 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

This book develops a novel account of the connections between justification, understanding and knowledge. It lays the foundation for a more systematic and interconnected treatment of these central notions in epistemology.

The author’s key move is to show first that a specific conception of doxastic justification constitutes our best point of entry into questions pertaining to a subject’s ability to secure understanding of reality. Second, that the traditional order of analysis when it comes to the connection between understanding and knowledge should be reversed: knowledge itself is best conceived of in terms of a specific type of understanding.

Rational Understanding will appeal to scholars and advanced students working in epistemology and philosophy of science.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. On Justification  2. The Distance From Truth  3. On Understanding  4. The Centrality of Truth  5. On Knowledge  6. The Possession of Truth

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Miloud Belkoniene is a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow with research interests in epistemology, philosophy of science and philosophy of mind. His work on justification and understanding has appeared in journals such as Synthese, Erkenntnis and the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.


“Miloud Belkoniene brings forth nothing short of a unified theory of evidence, justification, knowledge and understanding—no small feat indeed!”

Mikael Janvid, Stockholm University, Sweden