Fact to be explained: of all the objects that exist, you can think about some but not others.
What sort of relation between a subject and an object has to obtain if the subject is able to think about the object?
Next Steps: Acquaintance and Cognitive Penetration
In what follows, we will first consider, briefly and superficially, alternatives to the
idea that acquaintance is what links your thoughts to their objects.
We will then turn to the main topic of week 2: cognitive penetration and the
question of there is a distinction between cognition and perception which would enable
us to explain the possibility of thought about an object by appeal to acquaintance with it.
A quick, superficial look at the pragmatists’ core idea about how thoughts relate to the
things they are about. This is an alternative to the Acquaintance View.
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