Journal article

Case Study Evidence for an Irreducible Form of Knowing How to: An Argument Against a Reductive Epistemology

Garry Young

PHILOSOPHIA | SPRINGER | Published : 2009

Abstract

Over recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in arguments favouring intellectualism-the view that Ryle's epistemic distinction is invalid because knowing how is in fact nothing but a species of knowing that. The aim of this paper is to challenge intellectualism by introducing empirical evidence supporting a form of knowing how that resists such a reduction. In presenting a form of visuomotor pathology known as visual agnosia, I argue that certain actions performed by patient DF can be distinguished from a mere physical ability because they are (1) intentional and (2) knowledge-based; yet these actions fail to satisfy the criteria for propositional knowledge. It is therefore my ..

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