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Curiosity about Curiosity
Curiosity about Curiosity

Author(s): Danilo Šuster
Subject(s): Epistemology, Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science
Published by: KruZak
Keywords: Inan; curiosity; inostensible reference; understanding; meta-curiosity;

Summary/Abstract: Ilhan Inan’s (2012) approach to curiosity is based on the following central theses: (i) for every question asked out of curiosity there is a corresponding term (definite description) that is inostensible for the asker (its reference is unknown) and that has the function of uniquely identifying an object; (ii) the satisfaction of curiosity is always in the form of coming to know an object as falling under a concept. This model primarily covers curiosity as our search for empirical objectual knowledge. In my critical reflections, I explore some phenomena of non-objectual curiosity which are left out or at least not sufficiently explored by Inan: curiosity as the search for explanation and understanding, and meta-curiosity— curiosity about the very representations, i.e. how to conceptualize a certain problem, and what definite descriptions to use in the first place.

  • Issue Year: XVI/2016
  • Issue No: 48
  • Page Range: 327-340
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English