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Single Idea 9089

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 1. Knowledge]

Full Idea

Knowledge is a certain quality which exists in the soul as its subject ('existens subiective in anima').

Gist of Idea

Knowledge is a quality existing subjectively in the soul


William of Ockham (Expositio super viii libros [1340], Prologue)

Book Reference

Ockham,William of: 'Ockham's Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. Boehner,P [Hackett 1990], p.3

A Reaction

One might say here that knowledge is a property, and so it might not be susceptible to further analysis. It invites the question of how you could know by introspection that you have got it, which would be an extreme internalist view.