Knowing How: Essays on Knowledge, Mind, and Action

Paperback | August 15, 2014

EditorJohn Bengson, Marc A. Moffett

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Knowledge how to do things is a pervasive and central element of everyday life. Yet it raises many difficult questions that must be answered by philosophers and cognitive scientists aspiring to understand human cognition and agency. What is the connection between knowing how and knowing that?Is knowledge how simply a type of ability or disposition to act? Is there an irreducibly practical form of knowledge? What is the role of the intellect in intelligent action? This volume contains fifteen state of the art essays by leading figures in philosophy and linguistics that amplify andsharpen the debate between "intellectualists" and "anti-intellectualists" about mind and action, highlighting the conceptual, empirical, and linguistic issues that motivate and sustain the conflict. The essays also explore various ways in which this debate informs central areas of ethics, philosophyof action, epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Knowing How covers a broad range of topics dealing with tacit and procedural knowledge, the psychology of skill, expertise, intelligence and intelligent action, the nature of ability, the syntax and semantics of embedded questions, the mind-body problem, phenomenal character, epistemic injustice,moral knowledge, the epistemology of logic, linguistic competence, the connection between knowledge and understanding, and the relation between theory and practice. This is the book on knowing how - an invaluable resource for philosophers, linguists, psychologists, and others concerned with knowledge, mind, and action.

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Knowledge how to do things is a pervasive and central element of everyday life. Yet it raises many difficult questions that must be answered by philosophers and cognitive scientists aspiring to understand human cognition and agency. What is the connection between knowing how and knowing that?Is knowledge how simply a type of ability or...

John Bengson is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Marc A. Moffett is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Texas, El Paso.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:418 pages, 5.91 × 9.21 × 1.18 inPublished:August 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190200227

ISBN - 13:9780190200220

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ContributorsAcknowledgmentsThe State of Play1. John Bengson and Marc A. Moffett: Two Conceptions of Mind and Action: Knowing How and the Philosophical Theory of IntelligencePart I: Ryle's Legacy2. Paul F. Snowdon: Rylean Arguments: Ancient and Modern3. Jennifer Hornsby: Ryle's Knowing How and Knowing How to ActPart II: Philosophical Considerations4. Julia Annas: Practical Expertise5. Yuri Cath: Knowing How Without Knowing That6. Berit Brogaard: Knowledge How: A Unified Account7. John Bengson and Marc A. Moffett: Non-propositional Intellectualism8. Alva No: Ideology and the Third Realm (Or, a Short Essay on Knowing How to Philosophize)Part III: The Linguistic Perspective9. Jonathan Ginzburg: How to Resolve How To10. David Braun: Knowing How and Knowing Answers11. Laura A. Michaelis: Knowledge Ascription by Grammatical ConstructionPart IV: Implications and Applications: The Broader Context12. Katherine Hawley: Knowing How and Epistemic Injustice13. Michael Tye: Knowing What It Is Like14. Michael Devitt: Linguistic Knowledge15. Ian Rumfitt: Inference, Deduction, LogicReferences