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Knowing How: Essays on Knowledge, Mind, and Action

John Bengson and Marc A. Moffett


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 book contains fifteen state-of-the-art chapters by leading figures in philosophy and linguistics that amplify and sharpen the ... More

Keywords: knowledge, knowledge how, knowledge that, propositional attitudes, mind, action, ability, intelligence, intelligent action, skill

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195389364
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389364.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Bengson, editor
Australian National University

Marc A. Moffett, editor
University of Wyoming

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The State of Play

1 Two Conceptions of Mind and Action

John Bengson and Marc A. Moffett

Part I Ryle's Legacy

Part II Philosophical Considerations

4 Practical Expertise

Julia Annas

6 Knowledge-How

Berit Brogaard

7 Nonpropositional Intellectualism

John Bengson and Marc A. Moffett

Part III Linguistic Perspectives

9 How to Resolve ‘How To’

Jonathan Ginzburg1

Part IV Implications and Applications

14 Linguistic Knowledge

Michael Devitt

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