Philosophy: A Contribution, not to Human Knowledge, but to Human Understanding

@article{Hacker2009PhilosophyAC,
  title={Philosophy: A Contribution, not to Human Knowledge, but to Human Understanding},
  author={Peter M. S. Hacker},
  journal={Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement},
  year={2009},
  volume={65},
  pages={129 - 153}
}
  • P. Hacker
  • Published 1 October 2009
  • Philosophy
  • Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement
Throughout its history philosophy has been thought to be a member of a community of intellectual disciplines united by their common pursuit of knowledge. It has sometimes been thought to be the queen of the sciences, at other times merely their under-labourer. But irrespective of its social status, it was held to be a participant in the quest for knowledge – a cognitive discipline. 
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