Know How

Paperback | August 1, 2013

byJason Stanley

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The goal of inquiry is to acquire knowledge of truths about the world. In this book, Jason Stanley argues that knowing how to do something amounts to knowing a truth about the world. When you learned how to swim, what happened is that you learned some truths about swimming. Knowledge of thesetruths is what gave you knowledge of how to swim. Something similar occurred with every other activity that you now know how to do, such as riding a bicycle or cooking a meal. Of course, when you learned how to swim, you didn't learn just any truth about swimming. You learned a special kind of truth about swimming, one that answers the question, "How could you swim?" Know How develops an account of the kinds of answers to questions, knowledge of which explains skilledaction. Drawing on work in epistemology, philosophy of mind, ethics, action theory, philosophy of language, linguistic semantics, and cognitive neuroscience, Stanley presents a powerful case that it is our success as inquirers that explains our capacity for skilful engagement with the world.

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The goal of inquiry is to acquire knowledge of truths about the world. In this book, Jason Stanley argues that knowing how to do something amounts to knowing a truth about the world. When you learned how to swim, what happened is that you learned some truths about swimming. Knowledge of thesetruths is what gave you knowledge of how to ...

Jason Stanley is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, member of the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science, and an Associate Faculty member of the Rutgers University Department of Linguistics. He is also a quarter-time Professorial Fellow at the University of St. Andrews. He has previously held positions at the Univ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:August 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199683166

ISBN - 13:9780199683161

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Contents1. Ryle on Knowing How2. Knowledge-wh3. PRO and the Representation of First-Person Thought4. Ways of Thinking5. Knowledge How6. Ascribing Knowledge How7. The Cognitive Science of Practical Knowledge8. Knowledge JustifiedBibliographyIndex

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"a remarkable book" --Mark Schroeder, University of Southern California