In her black and white room, Mary doesn’t know what it is like to see red. Parker, D.H. [1945a], "Knowledge by Acquaintance". p. cm. Recently, the thesis has come in for mounting criticism. that the frequency of the light reflected off the snow causes the human eye, and by extension, the human mind, to perceive snow to be white). /* 160x600, created 12/31/07 */ Inferential Seemings and the Problem of Reflective Awareness. I then turn to our knowledge of God and God's knowledge of us, and compare my account of interpersonal knowledge with important work by Eleonore Stump on "Franciscan" knowledge. (, one must know an appropriate propositional answer to the question ‘what is it like?’. Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002. In reply, many physicalists have been attracted to the phenomenal concept strategy according to which Mary can come to have new knowledge and hence know a new answer to the question ‘what is it like to see red?’ by entertaining a coarse-grained fact under a concept she didn’t possess in her room – Mary learns a new fine-grained fact. as it is one of the central tenets of humanistic education that art and literature are valuable not only because the pleasure they afford. Singular Thought: In Defense of Acquaintance.