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Knowledge and its Place in Nature$
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Hilary Kornblith

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246319.001.0001

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Knowledge as Natural Phenomenon

Knowledge as Natural Phenomenon

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(p.28) 2 Knowledge as Natural Phenomenon
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Knowledge and its Place in Nature
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DOI:10.1093/0199246319.003.0002

Cognitive ethologists regularly attribute intentional states, such as belief, to non‐human animals. More than this, they regularly talk about such animals having knowledge. It is argued that this talk of knowledge is not merely a façon de parler: talk of knowledge in these theories does causal and explanatory work. Knowledge, in this view, is reliably produced true belief. It is argued that this is what we have all been talking about all along when we use the term ‘knowledge’.

Keywords:   animal knowledge, cognitive ethology, intentional states, knowledge, reliability

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