1st Edition

Rational Understanding From Explanation to Knowledge

By Miloud Belkoniene Copyright 2023
    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.


    1. On Justification 

    2. The Distance From Truth 

    3. On Understanding 

    4. The Centrality of Truth 

    5. On Knowledge 

    6. The Possession of Truth


    Miloud Belkoniene is 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