Knowledge how, ability, and the type-token distinction

Young, G. ORCID: 0000-0003-0628-0931, 2015. Knowledge how, ability, and the type-token distinction. Synthese. ISSN 0039-7857

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Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between knowing how to G and the ability to G, which is typically presented in one of the following ways: (a) knowing how to G entails the ability to G; (b) knowing how to G does not entail the ability to G. In an attempt to reconcile these two putatively opposing positions, I distinguish between type and token actions. I t is my contention that S can know how to G in the absence of an ability to G token, where this action is derived from an action-type, but not in the absence of the ability to perform the action-type itself (G type). This refinement is an attempt to reconcile differences between intellectualism and anti-intellectualism (broadly construed) with regard to knowledge how and ability.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Synthese
Creators: Young, G.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 2015
ISSN: 0039-7857
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 17 Nov 2015 15:12
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:57
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26396

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