Understanding

  I helped create a database for scholarly resources on human understanding (linked above). 

 

I helped create a database for scholarly resources on human understanding (linked above). 

For three years I managed the $4.5 million Varieties of Understanding grant at Fordham, which was directed by Stephen Grimm. 

I also organized a Summer Seminar on Understanding

Currently, I am writing a paper titled "What's the Point of Understanding?"  I argue that knowledge is more central to our epistemic life than understanding. Two considerations support this view: first, understanding is less essential for resolving coordination problems centring on our basic need to pool and share information; second, unlike knowledge, understanding is not as strongly associated with epistemically warranted assertion and practical reasoning. I will argue that the aim of inquiry is knowledge, not understanding (or truth, justified belief, etc.), which goes against a number of recent philosophers who claim that understanding is the chief epistemic good.