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Human Understanding as Problem

Ed. by Padilla Gálvez, Jesús / Gaffal, Margit

Series:Aporia 11

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Understanding Regarded as Comprehension of Content

Padilla Gálvez, Jesús


The aim of this article is to examine the meaning of the word “understand” from the analytic point of view. The investigation starts with some general considerations on what it means to understand a language. Second, we will explore the view of understanding seen as the a process comparable to a game that takes place within language. Special emphasis is placed on the fact that understanding does not proceed in the same way as a cause-and-effect relationship. The third section deals with the functions words have in our lives and distinguishes between the meaning of a word and its actual purpose. The last two sections are dedicated to the notion of perspicuity which is considered a relevant criterion for understanding. The study contains several examples that show how fallacies arise.

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Jesús Padilla Gálvez (2018). Understanding Regarded as Comprehension of Content. In Jesús Padilla Gálvez, Margit Gaffal (Eds.), Human Understanding as Problem (pp. 135–146). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110613384-008

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110613384

Online ISBN: 9783110613384

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