This chapter discusses varieties of ignorance divided according to kind (what the subject is ignorant of), degree, and order (e.g. ignorance of ignorance equals second-order ignorance). It provides analyses of notions such as factual ignorance, erotetic ignorance (ignorance of answers to questions), and practical ignorance (involving absence of know-how). Ensuingly, it discusses the interrelations between those kinds, arguing against so-called intellectualists that at least some instances of practical ignorance seem dissimilar in important respects to instances of the former kinds. Also it argues that we do not have strong reasons for regarding practical ignorance as a graded phenomenon, even if practical knowledge is. Finally it is brought out that even if socratic ignorance (first-order ignorance without second-order ignorance) is an important concept, ignorance absolved only above the second order is of marginal significance.
|Title of host publication||The Epistemic Dimensions of Ignorance|
|Editors||Rik Peels, Martijn Blaauw|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|