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Imagining and KnowingThe Shape of Fiction$
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Gregory Currie

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199656615.001.0001

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The varieties of knowing

The varieties of knowing

(p.77) 5 The varieties of knowing
Imagining and Knowing

Gregory Currie

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews recent work in epistemology and draws a number of distinctions that will be of use in later chapters: between knowledge and learning, between knowledge and understanding, between knowledge and wisdom. It emphasizes the difference between propositional knowledge and the much narrower category of knowledge fully expressible in language. It emphasizes the importance of pathways to learning that are reliable. Most importantly it distinguishes propositional knowledge, knowledge of how to do things, and knowledge of what experiences are like (acquaintance); all these, I argue, are forms of knowing which may be made available by exposure to fiction. Relations of reducibility between these kinds are considered, as is the relation between knowing-how and abilities.

Keywords:   knowledge, knowing-that, knowing-how, abilities, acquaintance, learning, understanding, wisdom

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