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Ignorance of Language$
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Michael Devitt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199250960.001.0001

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Folk Psychology

Folk Psychology

(p.89) 6 Folk Psychology
Ignorance of Language

Michael Devitt (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter considers the argument for the Representational Thesis (RT) from the folk psychological view that a person competent in a language “knows” the language. Despite Chomsky’s objections, it is plausible to think that this knowledge is mere knowledge-how and not knowledge-that. In which case, the knowledge does not support RT.

Keywords:   Representational Thesis, RT, linguistic competence, Chomsky, knowledge-how, knowledge-that

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