Knowing How

Knowing How : Essays on 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 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 and sharpen 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, philosophy of 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 418 pages
  • 159 x 234 x 26mm | 596g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0190200227
  • 9780190200220
  • 1,632,958

Table of contents

Contributors ; Acknowledgments ; The State of Play ; 1. Two Conceptions of Mind and Action: Knowing How and the Philosophical Theory of Intelligence, John Bengson and Marc A. Moffett ; Part I Ryle's Legacy ; 2. Rylean Arguments: Ancient and Modern, Paul F. Snowdon ; 3. Ryle's Knowing How and Knowing How to Act , Jennifer Hornsby ; Part II Philosophical Considerations ; 4. Practical Expertise, Julia Annas ; 5. Knowing How Without Knowing That, Yuri Cath ; 6. Knowledge How: A Unified Account, Berit Brogaard ; 7. Non-propositional Intellectualism, John Bengson and Marc A. Moffett ; 8. Ideology and the Third Realm (Or, a Short Essay on Knowing How to Philosophize), Alva Noe ; Part III The Linguistic Perspective ; 9. How to Resolve How To, Jonathan Ginzburg ; 10. Knowing How and Knowing Answers, David Braun ; 11. Knowledge Ascription by Grammatical Construction, Laura A. Michaelis ; Part IV Implications and Applications: The Broader Context ; 12. Knowing How and Epistemic Injustice, Katherine Hawley ; 13. Knowing What It Is Like, Michael Tye ; 14. Linguistic Knowledge, Michael Devitt ; 15. Inference, Deduction, Logic, Ian Rumfitt ; References
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The editors succeed admirably in their aim of providing philosophers and linguists with a venue for assessing, developing, and tracking the implications of different positions on the topic of knowing how. * CHOICE *
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About John Bengson

John Bengson is currently a postdoctoral fellow in philosophy at the Australian National University and Assistant Professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His research is focused on issues in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of action.

Marc A. Moffett is Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of Wyoming. His research is focused on issues in epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics.
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